A tale of Two Gondolas Part VI; A new home for D&RGW 1646, and a third gondola joins the fray

Long time readers of this blog may remember back in Part III of this saga when I decided that the thing to do with D&RGW High Side Gondola 1646 was to store it in Como until I decided what to do with it. As it turned out, less than a …

30 years with a YZ490 Part II – Into the basement

I first saw the 490 in September of 1989 when I stopped by Loveland Yamaha, in Loveland, Colorado, to have the rear shock on my 1987 YZ 125 serviced. Like many motorcycle shops at the time, the used bikes were displayed outside the front of the store and I noticed …

30 years with a YZ 490

Part I – Meet the Junkheap For much of the past 30 years, I have been the proud owner of a 1986 Yamaha YZ 490, a fine (if somewhat antiquated even when new) specimen of a two-stroke motocross racing motorcycle (a dirt bike). I first got the 490 in December …

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 …