Colorado & Southern 8027 Part II

A Decision As noted in my last post, early March 2005 found me the proud owner of Colorado & Southern narrow gauge boxcar 8027 and very little in the way of ideas as to what to do with it. Step one was to move the car to a more secure …

Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge Boxcar 8027

Part I – The Beginning Welcome to my latest restoration project – finishing out a narrow gauge boxcar that I have had for almost 15 years and getting it ready to go back home to Colorado. By this summer, Colorado & Southern boxcar No. 8027 should be in Como, Colorado …

Finally a use for some of the Atchison Street Railway rail

Back in August 2017, I managed to acquire some rail from the car barn of the Atchison Street Railway (See “A bit of Atchison railroad history saved”). I ended that post with the observation “now that I have a trailer full of “history”, the question becomes what to do with …

Repairing the wreck damage on West Side Lumber 297

By the summer of 2013, the time had come to begin work on #297. The first order of business was to deal with the most pressing issues – strengthen the right side and intermediate sills and get the car sitting correctly on its “A” end truck. The car was pulled …

Santa Fe 1015 – Emporia’s Steam Locomotive

For over 60 years, former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe steam locomotive No. 1015 has been on display in Emporia, Kansas’s Fremont Park. No. 1015 is displayed parallel to and just a hundred or so feet away from the still-busy Santa Fe (now BNSF) transcontinental Chicago-to-Los Angeles mainline. No. 1015 …