Great Photo Jay....
Though I'm retired ,I deliver Heavyduty Truck parts for a friend one day a week..It includes Uray , Ridgway , Sawpit, Telluride..
All along my route I can see the remains of the R.G.S. Right of way......Before I sold all my parts I had the "Makings" of an inspection rail car........Carl
Most (if not all) of the RGS's "Galloping Geese" railcars survive, including No.1 being meticulously
recreated from a late 20's Buick. Retired Pierce Arrows from the big hotel in Colorado Springs were
a favored building platform for several others.
The "goose" fleet were created to continue providing mail and passenger service through the RGS's
rather remote area without the expense of steam operations. If memory serves, there were a total of
7 geese built. The RGS was finally abandoned in 1953, with a fair chunk of their rolling stock surviving
long enough for the railfan community to develop to a point to save some of it. A bunch went to Knot's
Berry Farm, Bob Richardson (who later founded the Colorado Railroad Museum) ....
I would really hate to have that thing now, sitting just like it is, there in the photo. I would be SO torn, wanting to keep it like that, so unique, so historic, so cute (there, I said it).
But based upon the headlamps, and the low radiator neck, that was probably built out of a 1910 T! Open valve block, early clam-shell rear end? And maybe a few other really special things. Even broke I could turn that back into a good '10 T!
Still, a great photo!
Thank you Jay.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2