Merry Christmas 2019; a look at early 20th Century Christmas postcards

The early 20th Century was the golden age of postcards in the United States. The colorful cards were an inexpensive way to send greetings to friends near and far. As you might imagine, Christmas was a popular theme for postcards, and many a wish for a Merry Christmas was sent via …

A Tale of Two Gondolas, Part V; The Life & Times of D&RGW 1646

D&RGW 1646 was built in December of 1903 by American Car & Foundry of St. Louis, Missouri. No. 1646 was right about the middle of a group of 400 gondolas, numbered 1500 to 1899 built for the Rio Grande between November 1903 and January 1904. No. 1646 cost the railroad …

A Tale of Two Gondolas Part IV; the Life & Times of D&RGW 768

Denver & Rio Grande Western drop bottom gondola No. 768 was built in 1904 by American Car & Foundry as part of a group of 100 cars intended to haul coal. In its original configuration, the drop doors were operated by long levers on the ends of the car. Beginning …

A Tale of Two Gondolas, Part III; The cars arrive. Now what?!?!

The two cars were moved to Como on July 26 and 27, and I got my first good look at them on August 2 when I came back to Como for a track workday. 1646 looked good at first, then I climbed the side and looked inside to see that …

A tale of two gondolas Part II – Pick a car, any car. Just not that car…

By early July, planning for moving the cars from Florence was underway and everything was going along well. Then I got a call from the group that I was purchasing 1083 from. They told me that apparently the owner of one of the sites in Florence where the cars were …