Paul’s Blog – June 25, 2022

On Saturday, June 25, the Museum had a small crew, consisting of Colin Mellin, Dwight Maxey, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown, who spent the morning cleaning dirt and debris out of the track structure near our sharp curve, so that we could determine the condition of cross ties near the switch that has been causing us some small problems. After removing several inches of powdery dirt, we determined that there were 10 long switch ties that are in terrible condition and will need to be replaced. Ties in this condition do not support the rails very well, and cause flexibility in the rails around the switch points, which results in the issues we are experiencing. Future work sessions will include replacing these ties after we can determine if we have them in our stock.

After a short lunch break, the crew worked to locate material for the purpose of making additional signs to use during our train ride events. It was determined after our Father’s Day event, that we are lacking in enough signs to place along the streets leading to the Union Depot platform area. Being such a small museum, it is a struggle to do adequate marketing to attract visitors.

I have included some pictures of the morning’s work to give you an idea of what we found.

– Paul

Father’s Day Train, June 18, 2022

Thanks to our patrons who came out to ride our trains the day before Father’s Day. We had a good crowd, with about 40 riders getting their first look at C&W caboose #3, our new addition to our train. Our hot dog stand got some good reviews. Folks also helped out when the wind tried to blow their tent away!

We had a very good turnout of volunteers for this event. A special shoutout to Nick Valdez, who came over from his usual Canon City Royal Gorge duties to expertly drive our train! Thanks also to Colin Mellin, Ken Valdez, Tyler and Tanner Seeley, Reid Adams, John McDowell, Jerry Dandurand, Dee Applegate, Mary and Matt Winterrowd, Lynnette and Kendall Crouch, and Ron Roach, for their efforts to make the event successful.

– Dave

Father’s Day Train, Saturday, June 18!

Join us on Saturday, June 18, at the Pueblo Union Depot, for the Pueblo Railway Museum’s next train ride event! This event will take place from 11AM to 3PM, and marks the debut of a new piece of equipment on our train. Our Patriot engine, and our usual Rio Grande and Missouri Pacific cabooses, are joined for this event by our Colorado & Wyoming caboose #3, to give our visitors something new to see and ride! Train ride tickets are $15 for a ride in the engine, and $8 for a ride in one of the (three!) cabooses. Cash or check only, please. Each train ride is approximately 20 minutes, so there will be multiple opportunities during the event to ride the train.

For this event, our volunteers will be talking a lot about the history of our engines, cabooses, and other museum vehicles and artifacts. Use our educational handouts from the event to learn more about what the Pueblo Railway Museum has to offer.

Some of our museum volunteers will be running a “hot dog stand” for this event. The cost of the food is not included in the train ride fare.

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Paul’s Blog – June 11, 2022

On Saturday, June 11, Colin Mellin, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley, Kendall Crouch and Paul Brown worked to finish clean up of material in our shop yard from two weeks ago, and then they moved out to work on some issues on our track. The first item was to clean out the flangeways on our two crossings. With regular traffic into and out of the BNSF & UP yards, dirt and rocks tend to build up at these crossings. Next up was some work on switch points that we have had rebuilt with some welding. A bit of grinding adjustment was needed to keep wheels moving smoothly through the point. Next up was applying grease to the outer rail of the sharp curve leading to our shop.

The crew took a lunch break to cool off and refuel, and then we had to remove a stubborn nut from a gauge rod we needed to install in our sharp curve. The last item was to check and adjust another switch point on the lead tracks to the shop. The crew got a lot of little work accomplished, while dealing with 100 degree temps in the afternoon!!

I have included a few pictures of the crew getting the work done!

– Paul

Father’s Day Train, Saturday June 18

Join us on Saturday, June 18, at the Pueblo Union Depot, for the Pueblo Railway Museum’s next train ride event! This event will take place from 11AM to 3PM, and marks the debut of a new piece of equipment on our train. Our Patriot engine, and our usual Rio Grande and Missouri Pacific cabooses, are joined for this event by our Colorado & Wyoming caboose #3, to give our visitors something new to see and ride! Train ride tickets are $15 for a ride in the engine, and $8 for a ride in one of the (three!) cabooses. Cash or check only, please. Each train ride is approximately 20 minutes, so there will be multiple opportunities during the event to ride the train.

For this event, our volunteers will be talking a lot about the history of our engines, cabooses, and other museum vehicles and artifacts. Use our educational handouts from the event to learn more about what the Pueblo Railway Museum has to offer.

Some of our museum volunteers will be running a “hot dog stand” for this event. The cost of the food is not included in the train ride fare.

For a list of all of our planned events in 2022, click here.

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Paul’s Blog – June 4, 2022

On Saturday, June 4, our volunteer crew of Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown got busy and rearranged our operating equipment to prepare for the Summer operations. This consisted of firing up Engine 103 to move the cars around, and pull Engine 102, “The Patriot“, out of the shop after spending the last six months stored away indoors. After getting the equipment sorted out, the crew took a lunch break.

After lunch, we gave The Patriot it’s annual wash job. Not quite like washing your car in the driveway, but close. There is a lot more surface to be cleaned off so it takes a bit of time. Then it was time to fire up the engine and inspect things, before taking the consist out for a short run to make sure everything works properly. We are now ready for our upcoming events over the next few months.

– Paul

Photos by Paul Brown and Tyler Seeley

Paul’s Blog – May 28, 2022

On Saturday, May 28, a good group of volunteers came out to the Museum for the latest project. Colin Mellin, Dan Reichenbach, Reid Adams, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley, and Paul Brown worked to clean up a corner of the shop yard which had turned into a bit of a dumping ground for a multitude of old project material, as well as stuff that the Museum can reuse. So the material was removed, and a bed of crushed concrete was placed in anticipation of another project coming into the yard. A set of passenger car trucks are going to be reassembled here on their way back into service.

You can never tell what’s coming next at the Pueblo Railway Museum! Which is why you should consider coming to volunteer. I have attached a few pictures to give you an idea of the work done.

– Paul

Train Rides CANCELLED today

Today’s train ride event has been cancelled due to the snow that arrived overnight in Pueblo and the fact that it is continuing to snow this morning. There is accumulated snow on the platform area and the temperature is predicted to stay in the mid 30’s most of the day. We are not prepared to support the event in these conditions with our limited resources and people.

Mother nature threw a monkey wrench into our plans! She does that sometimes.

– Paul

Train Rides at the Depot on May 21!

Join us on Saturday, May 21, at the Pueblo Union Depot, for the second event of the Pueblo Railway Museum’s 2022 train ride season! This event will take place from 11AM to 3PM, and marks the debut of a new piece of equipment on our train. Our GP7 engine and our usual Rio Grande and Missouri Pacific cabooses, are joined for this event by our Colorado & Wyoming caboose #3, to give our visitors something new to see and ride! Train ride tickets are $15 for a ride in the engine, and $8 for a ride in one of the (three!) cabooses. Cash or check only, please. Each train ride is approximately 20 minutes, so there will be multiple opportunities during the event to ride the train.

For this event, our volunteers will be talking a lot about the history of our engines, cabooses, and other museum vehicles and artifacts. Use our educational handouts from the event to learn more about what the Pueblo Railway Museum has to offer.

Also, since May 21 is Armed Forces Day, we would like to take this opportunity to give a special salute to our visitors who are current or former members of the Armed Forces and their families. We thank you for your service!

Some of our museum volunteers will be running a “hot dog stand” for this event. The cost of the food is not included in the train ride fare.

For a list of all of our planned events in 2022, click here.

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Train Rides at the Depot on May 21!

Join us on Saturday, May 21, at the Pueblo Union Depot, for the second event of the Pueblo Railway Museum’s 2022 train ride season! This event will take place from 11AM to 3PM, and marks the debut of a new piece of equipment on our train. Our GP7 engine and our usual Rio Grande and Missouri Pacific cabooses, are joined for this event by our Colorado & Wyoming caboose #3, to give our visitors something new to see and ride! Train ride tickets are $15 for a ride in the engine, and $8 for a ride in one of the (three!) cabooses. Cash or check only, please. Each train ride is approximately 20 minutes, so there will be multiple opportunities during the event to ride the train.

For this event, our volunteers will be talking a lot about the history of our engines, cabooses, and other museum vehicles and artifacts. Use our educational handouts from the event to learn more about what the Pueblo Railway Museum has to offer.

Some of our museum volunteers will be running a “hot dog stand” for this event. The cost of the food is not included in the train ride fare.

For a list of all of our planned events in 2022, click here.

To receive news on upcoming events, follow our blog by entering your email address on the bottom of any of our webpages, and click the “follow” button.