A Tale of Two Gondolas; Part I

It started out simply enough; a chance to preserve a Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow-gauge railcar in a completely original state, essentially untouched since it last ran over Cumbres Pass in a freight train over half a century ago. While D&RGW narrow gauge freight cars are not exactly uncommon, …

The Lifespan of a Boxcar Floor

When wooden railroad cars were the industry standard, it was generally accepted that the cars had a 20 to 25 year lifespan. A major rebuilding could extend the service life of a wood freight car, such as in the early 1920’s when the Denver & Rio Grande Western rebuilt its …

C&S 8027 Part IV

It’s a boxcar again – now what? Why, move it to Kansas, of course. By late 2010, C&S 8027 was looking pretty good. While there was still a lot to do, it at least looked like a boxcar again, and a fairly complete one at that. That said, the question …

C&S 8027 Part III – Restoration

By the summer of 2008, I had made the decision to start restoring C&S 8027. One of the earliest decisions to be made in the restoration was to settle on what era the car would be restored to as it had sported several different appearances and at least three different …