Minor Colorado narrow gauge mystery solved

In his 2002 book “Rio Grande – Chasing the Narrow Gauge”, Colorado Railroad Museum co-founder Robert W. Richardson relates a story about himself and a guest having to spend a night in caboose 0500 as every room in the Narrow Gauge Motel was taken. Richardson and Carl Helfin started the …

An initial assessment of West Side 297 upon its arrival in Kansas

The climate of northeast Kansas is somewhat wet and humid – not Dallas humid or Seattle wet – but wet and humid nonetheless. While the climate is favorable to farming, it is not such a plus when it comes to keeping ancient wooden railroad cars alive. Thus the first, and …

A friend for George

While this winter has not been horrible (yet) the cold and wind have definitely put a damper on the joys of working on a Model T in an unheated and quite drafty shed. Work on George’s engine has slowed, though not stopped entirely. As of early January, all of the …