A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved

Like many cities and towns of its size, Atchison, Kansas was once home to s street railway system. Based from their carbarn, located just east of the northeast corner of 10th and Main Streets, the electric power street cars plied the streets of Atchison for many years in the first …

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 …

The Saga of D&RGW 5654 continued

The last post about 5654 ended with it being tapped as the car to take to the Great Western Stock Show for their 100th anniversary celebration. There was a lot of work to be done to get it ready: Over a few hectic weeks in November 2005, 5654 received new …

The saga of D&RGW 5654

Like the proverbial fish out of water, former Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge stock car No. 5654 sits in a parking lot alongside National Western Drive near Marion Street in Denver. Though somewhat out of context in its present location, the car once served as a reminder of …

End of the line for Northern Pacific caboose 1107

At an auction in Valley Falls, Kansas a few weeks ago I came across this original 8×10 photo showing the aftermath of a disastrous wreck in the Northern Pacific railroad’s yards in Dickinson, North Dakota. According to notes on the photo, the wreck occurred on November 21, 1930 while “making …