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As I scanned through my unedited shots, I found a capture of the entire D&RGW Railway Express Agency (REA) car and I found that it was an somewhat different narrow gauge car. I purported to be not only a Railway Express Agency car, it also claims to be a US mail Railway Post Office with a baggage car thrown in. That would certainly make it a J.O.A.T., Jack of all Trades and pretty rarified. It's full service and worth a double take. I think the REA tried to make express a country wide system even though the private railroads competed to slow the system down. That's seen with the difficulties of getting California veggies quick transit across country. I wonder if the righties will ever let us have a USPS back again? Probably not until they are all cleaned out of politics. I don't see a slot where someone can mail a letter but maybe an employee could just grab the letter? This was obviously built for one of the back country and mountain narrow gauge lines. This color looks original if well faded.

 

Edward TK had his sights set on the winter steam up event at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado, West of Denver at the start of Clear Creek Canyon to Central City and Black Hawk as well as connecting to Interstate #70 west. spaced the Christmas Steamup this year but he found there was a "Black on Track" costume event upcoming. He really wanted to see this steam up. We are REALLY waiting for the RSG #20 to return for a steamup. Donate generously at the CRRM.That day will be shoulder to shoulder at the Colorado Railroad Museum; keep an eye on upcoming events on their web site. Outlanders could target Colorado trips with the expectations of hitting an event here in Golden. Someone will have already been here from your home town and/or country. These are the takes everyone is foaming at the mouth to see. We spaced the Christmas Steamup this year but he found there was a "Black on Track" costume event upcoming. He really wanted to see this steam up. We are REALLY waiting for the RSG #20 to return for a steamup. Donate generously at the CRRM.That day will be shoulder to shoulder at the Colorado Railroad Museum; keep an eye on upcoming events on their web site. Outlanders could target Colorado trips with the expectations of hitting an event here in Golden. Someone will have already been here from your home town and/or country. These are the takes everyone is foaming at the mouth to see.

 

The #40 oil burner narrow gauge locomotive collected it's fill of water and continues on the line west. This locomotive was probably never on the Colorado Central roster. It was a very early Colorado railroad that became the Denver, Leadville and Gulf thence the Colorado & Southern. The train consist included D&RGW (Dangerous & Rapidly Growing Worse) #60 baggage car and passenger cars and our Rico bringing up the rear. This run was after we got our free ride in the Rico, a mahogany appointed business car. I hope to post something of that swanky car. This is one of the antique narrow gauge engines at the Colorado Railroad Museum (an 1880s Baldwin Locomotive Works consolidation that was probably a std. gauge conversion) that recently spent time on the White Pass & Yukon and the Georgetown Loop. Take a close look at the drivers moved inside counterweights to 3 foot gauge. It is an oil burner and was loaded with oils early in the morning. Oil of any quality that would burn I assume. One of the volunteers reported it was from Central / South America as it had a "tropical" cab; ah, saves wear on #346. It has the Colorado Central painted on the tender but was probably never on their roster. Well, here it is with steam blasting from the the over-pressure release valve. They will need more water if it keeps blowing off steam. It would be a good idea to infect water into the boiler or quit feeding oil. The cylinder cocks are finally closed; I'd expect that everything is finally up to temp. According to the headlight and the dribble of steam behind the popoff valve. It looks like the CRRM has managed to get it operational.

 

Harsh light here for the bold early steam, IMHO. Steam is a winner in winter but the wind made it a blustery day. Are you ready for some steam? The first excursion was not quite full but is building on this blustery Saturday morning runby. The re-enactors are busy putting on a show now that we took our ride. I always liked this view that really simulates real narrow gauge daze anywhere near a mining camp.

 

 

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Taken on February 16, 2012