Check it out folks -
The Cumbres and Toltec will be re-creating and running RGS 455 in a special photo charter train in Sept 2017.
RGS recreation planned for September 4-6, 2017 on the C&TS
following the National Narrow Gauge Convention in Denver, get your
tickets now or you may miss out....
planning for this event has been a very drawn out affair. Goose #5 had
already committed to visit Chama at the end of September and the
volunteers were not willing to make a second trip to Chama. We were
interested in having Goose #7 but after discussions with the CRM, they
decided that they really wanted to keep it home for their convention
related activities. The other Geese were considered but mechanical
reliability issues ended up taking them off the table. The 315 group had
made it clear they were very interested in participating, but until we
could get a price commitment from the CATS, it wasn't clear if we could
afford them or not. For various reasons, it took until just a few weeks
ago before it was confirmed that the 315 would be able to participate.
The basic outline is, Monday, September 4
will be Antonito to Osier and return, with 455 pulling a typical RGS
train. I understand that this trip is about 1/2 sold at this point. Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5 & 6 are sold as a package and are about 3/4 sold at this point. Tuesday
will be Antonito to Osier and return, with pre dawn and sunset shots.
There is a full moon that night, so moonrise over Ferguson's trestle is
on the agenda! 315 will participate with 455 this day, possibly with
some double heading and with some hind end pusher action. Photos show
the RGS used rear pushers quite a bit. 315 was leased to the RGS during
the early 1940's but remained in D&RGW lettering. I have attached a
photo of D&RGW 340 leading 455 to show how this would look.
Wednesday, September 6
will be Antonito to Cumbres, with a bus return to Antonito. Consists
have not been finalized, but the Friends are working on converting one
of the old rider box cars into a "stealth" rider car that will look like
a box car. RGS caboose 0400 will be used all three days.
the word. This will be a fun and unique event. We are planning for
runbys at locations that could double as locations on the RGS.
For pricing and to reserve your ticket(s) contact Tim Tenant at the Friends of the C&TS (at the link above).