Paul’s Blog – January 15, 2022

On Saturday, January 15, nice weather returned to the Pueblo area, so a small group of volunteers came out to work on Engine 103 and our two cabooses. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown stayed busy removing some wiring from under the cabooses and planning a rack to put our generator on when it is needed for train lighting. We hope this will make the generator less noticeable during our events, and easier for the crew to set up when needed. We also did more work on Engine 103 to prepare the battery box for reinstalling the batteries. We removed part of an angle iron brace to give us more clearance for the cables. Next we will do work to repair the floor area of the compartment.

I have included a few pictures of today’s work.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – January 8, 2022

On Saturday, January 8, a small crew consisting of Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown did the work to remove batteries from the engineer’s side of locomotive 103. After lifting the batteries out, we found more of the floor than we expected, but it was very rusty. We worked to clean out a bunch of rust, and then determined what we should do about the remaining bottom of the battery compartment. The crew also added an external drain line, and cleaned up the cab of the locomotive, as the recent winds had deposited a thick layer of dust inside.

I have included a few pictures of the battery removal process.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – December 31, 2021

On Friday, December 31, a small crew came out to accomplish the task at hand. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown set out to figure out why engine #103 would not crank even after replacing one of the batteries that failed. The group did a test to check one of the main cables connecting the batteries together, but this didn’t point us to the problem. On a suggestion from Museum Friend Mark Williams, the group did a simple load test on each battery, and discovered that we had another bad battery in the set of eight. Once that battery was isolated, we were able to hook up the battery charger to replenish the charge on the remaining batteries enough to attempt to start the engine.

While awaiting this charging time, Kendall, Colin, Tyler and Tanner were busy removing all of the Christmas lights from the train set. The group also looked at some ideas for improving the power generator and Christmas light arrangement for next years trains. Then after a quick lunch break, we made an attempt to start the locomotive with the bad battery cut out. We were lucky, and the engine started on it’s own, without a “jump”! We were able to run the engine to warm up and circulate fluids, as well as recharge the remaining good batteries. Plans are being made to purchase another battery, which will give us yet another project to complete at the Museum!

I have included a couple of pictures I was able to capture today.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – December 24, 2021

On Friday, December 24, the Pueblo Railway Museum wrapped up the successful 2021 Christmas season with our traditional Christmas Eve train rides. With just over 150 people taking rides, it was a good night, with folks taking rides throughout the evening. Ron Roach, John McDowell, Dave Dandurand, Dwight Maxey, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley, Matt & Mary Winterrowd and daughters Sophie & Shelby, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown got the job done with safety in mind and leaving our patrons smiling!

More than half of the folks who rode our Pueblo Express train also took a tour through the inside of our full size Christmas display cars. Check out the pictures below from Shelby Seeley and Jerry Dandurand!

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – December 17-18, 2021

On Friday, December 17, and Saturday, December 18, the Pueblo Railway Museum had an outstanding Christmas Train event. We hosted over 480 guests over the two evenings, with Saturday being the busier of the two. This event has broken all ridership records for any of our other events! Thanks to Reid Adams’ advertising efforts on Facebook, we are reaching an expanded audience! We also had a good push of flyers in the Pueblo area that helped bring people in.

Thanks to Ron Roach, Dee Applegate, John McDowell, Jerry Dandurand, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley, Matt & Mary Winterrowd and their daughters Sophie & Shelby, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Reid Adams, Kendall Crouch, Justin Cesar and Paul Brown for all their hard work before and during the event. It was hard for this group to keep up with all the visitors we had!

Our Pueblo Express event runs one final time, on Friday, December 24. Yes, we get people to come out and ride on Christmas Eve!! Some have made it a family tradition!

– Paul

Photos by Reid Adams, Paul Brown, Kendall Crouch, and Tyler Seeley

Paul’s Blog – December 11, 2021

On the evening of Saturday, December 11, we had a very successful event at the Pueblo Railway Museum. The first run of our annual Pueblo Express Christmas Train attracted 400 riders! This is a single-day record for attendance at the Museum!

Thanks to Ron Roach, John McDowell, Dee Applegate, Matt & Mary Winterrowd, Jerry Dandurand, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Reid Adams, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown for their effort to pull the event off. Our visitors were coming in so fast that we could barely keep up – and each time the train came in, we were very busy getting folks off and loaded back on. The ticket office/gift shop was a whirlwind.

We hope everyone had a jolly good time.

I have included the few pictures I was able to take, and sorry if I missed recognizing anyone, it is probably because I didn’t see you.

– Paul

All Aboard the Pueblo Express!

Our Christmastime Pueblo Express train is coming back this year! This multi-day event will take place behind the Pueblo Union Depot, located at Victoria Avenue and B Street, in historic downtown Pueblo. Come and visit us for a Christmas train ride between 4 and 8 PM on any of the following dates:

  • Saturday, December 11
  • Friday, December 17
  • Saturday, December 18
  • Friday, December 24

Some of our attractions are free of charge, including Christmas cookies in our diner car, our flatcar full of holiday inflatables, and our Christmas-themed model train layout, which is always a big hit with our fans! Rides on our full-size train are $15 for a locomotive ride, and $8 for a caboose ride. Children under three years old ride the train free. Cash or check only, please.

For this event, masks are not required for those who have been vaccinated. Our Museum team will be wearing masks in all of our “indoor” areas inside the train cars.

For more information about this special event, contact our Tour Guide, Ron Roach at 719-544-1773.

Help make our event a success by circulating our flyer! Click on the flyer below to download a high resolution PDF file, post it on your social media, and help spread the word!

Paul’s Blog – November 27, 2021

On Saturday, November 27, we had a small crew come out to work on switches and replace a broken joint bar. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley, and Paul Brown worked to clean and lubricate three more track switches. This is continuation of our work from a week ago to clean debris from – and then lube – the moving components of our switches, to make things easier on our crews. We then tackled replacement of a broken joint bar on our main running track. The bar was center-broke due to the condition of the tie under the joint. We did a quick fix with a larger tie plate – with a filler plate under that – to hold us over until we can come back and replace the tie. The gang learned how to remove joint bars that are rusted to the rails; it is hard work!

I have included a couple of pictures of our volunteers replacing the track joint bar. Watch here for information on our Christmas train runs December 11th, 17th, 18th, and 24th.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – November 20, 2021

On Saturday, November 20, the museum offered half-price train rides for those who brought a new toy donation. We had a good size crew of volunteers for what turned out to be one of our lightest turnouts in a while. Ron Roach, Dee Applegate, Colin Mellin, Dwight Maxey, Dan Reichenbach, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley, Reid Adams and Paul Brown did their best to make it a fun event. After running for three hours we tied up the operations.

Decorations for the upcoming Christmas Train rides are already going up, and planning for increased advertising is well underway. We hope to have a successful Christmas season. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 11, Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18, and Friday, December 24, for Christmas train rides!

I caught a few of our volunteers in today’s pictures!

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – November 13, 2021

On Saturday, November 13, a good group of volunteers came out to help get the scheduled work completed. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Dan Reichenbach, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley, John McDowell, Kendall Crouch, and Paul Brown started the day out moving equipment on the tracks behind the Pueblo Union Depot. The crew moved a newly arrived passenger car, a diner owned by one of our Museum members, that needed to be spotted for future work. We also had to move the 2912, our big Santa Fe 4-8-4, back to it’s display position after being moved for the diner delivery. We finished up the equipment move by getting our caboose consist back in regular order.

After a short lunch break, the crew headed out to do the scheduled track work. We needed to do some clean out and lubrication work to a number of our track switches. A little attention and some oil, and the crews have a way easier time throwing switches when we need to.

I have included a few pictures of the work completed.

– Paul