Paul’s Blog – August 13, 2022

On Saturday, August 13, a small crew consisting of Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch and Paul Brown braved another hot day in Pueblo. We were able to tamp some material under the ties at our switch project to put the track back into service. We will need to return in the future to fill the crib area with rock ballast and replace a few more ties.

After breaking for lunch and a cool down, the crew did some more work to clean up the shop yard area. As our test track equipment is getting some publicity, we are trying to get the area in good shape for visitors. Now to clean up the weeds and sprouting tree growth. I have included a few pictures to illustrate the work completed.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – August 6, 2022

On Saturday August 6, we had a small crew consisting of Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown brave some hot temperatures to get the work done at the Museum. We spent the morning driving spikes in the three long ties we have been replacing the last few weekends. There were 27 spikes to drive, and it took all of three hours just to get that done. With the heat, many breaks were taken to recover from each round with the sledge hammer! Somebody actually caught pictures of Paul doing some work.

After taking a break for lunch and cooling off, the crew worked on cleaning out stored material from around the display of high speed test cars near the front of the D Street shop yard. Since the Museum had a mention in the 5280 Magazine, we thought we better clean up that area for the rush of visitors we may get. It took a lot of trips with the Bobcat to move the pallets full of material into our newly fenced in yard area.

The 5280 article, which features our Museum as one of many suggested Pueblo day-trip destinations, can be found here.

I am including a few pictures to illustrate the work done.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – July 30, 2022

On Saturday, July 30, with slightly cooler temperatures but muggy conditions, Colin Mellin, Dwight Maxey, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown gathered to work at the Museum. When we arrived, we found that our new fencing had been installed this last week, so we did a little work moving our locks to the new gates while testing their operation. After completing that, we gathered some tools to head out to our tie replacement job. We concentrated on getting tie plates in place under the rail, and prepping for spiking. We will get the spiking done once we are able to locate our sledge hammer or any of our spike maul heads.

After completing the track work that we could, we did a bit more work to the fencing. We installed some reflectors on gates that now close off C Street, so that unsuspecting drivers who used to cut through our property have a chance to see the new gate. We also started to remove some of the old gates along the back fence which will slowly be removed in the future.

I have included a few pictures that mostly show the new fencing.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – July 23, 2022

On Saturday, July 23, a crew consisting of Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown braved temperatures surpassing 100 degrees to do a little crosstie replacement today. We were able to remove all spikes and tie plates so we could basically dig out three rotten ties that were supporting? or should I say taking up space under the rails leading to our shop track switch. We then cleaned out the track bed and went to the shop yard to search for three replacement ties. I should mention that these ties are all 14 feet long, so not your standard replacement job. We were able to locate the ties and place them under the rails when we decided that we had had enough heat and retreated for lunch.

After lunch, we spent a bit of time removing the 4th of July decorations that have been left on our cabooses. Due to the weather damaging these items they all had to be trashed. We then finished up by installing tie plugs in the ties we installed earlier. We will finish installing these three ties and do some additional replacement work soon.

I have included some pictures of the mornings work to illustrate the scope of the work done.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – July 16, 2022

On Saturday, July 16, Colin Mellin, Dwight Maxey, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown accomplished another step towards improving our track at the Museum. In typical PRM fashion, the crew burned through a couple of inferior hole saw tools, but we persevered and were able to drill the two holes needed to mount a new point guard on one of our switches leading to the shop tracks. While we do have bigger tools to drill holes in rail, we only needed 3/4″ holes for this work and figured hand power tools would do the job. The actual installation of the guard was quite easy.

The point guard is designed to deflect the rail wheel just enough, that the actual point doesn’t take the brunt of the force, and saves the tip from being broken off after many wheels have rolled over it. We hope the addition of the point guard solves one of the issues we are having at this particular switch. We still need to replace 6 or 8 long ties to help support the rails through the switch. After we finished the track work, we did a few other small tasks at the shop to finish up our day.

I have included a few pictures to give you an idea of the work done.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – July 9, 2022

On Saturday, July 9, a small crew from the PRM and a couple of mechanics from the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation braved near 100 degree temperatures to make a swap of the air compressors on Engine 2912. This swap was arranged earlier this year to assist the Kentucky group with their restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2716. They swapped their used pumps for the rebuilt units that were on 2912. The PRM felt that since 2912 will remain a static display only, then we should help another group who is working to get their locomotive back to running condition.

I have included a few pictures to illustrate the work done today.

You can see a press release about this collaboration between Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation and the PRM by clicking here.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – July 4, 2022

On Monday, July 4, the volunteers came out to support the 4th of July train ride event. Ron Roach, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, Reid Adams, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown were the crew and ticket and platform agents. Due to some intense advertising spearheaded by Reid Adams, we had a very good turn out of customers, with folks arriving throughout the event time of 9am to 1pm. It seemed to the crew that we had a lot of new visitors also! This event also included a free cup of ice cream and a bottle of water for all who rode and wanted one.

We also had some special guests visit the event, Bill and Carol Byers, and Petar and Shirley Sredojevic, long time members of the museum, who were on hand to enjoy the activities. After the event closed up, the train crew spent a bit of time with the train consist, checking some issues on the track leading to the shop before putting the equipment away for the day.

I have included a few pictures taken early in the day as we got busy enough to preclude getting any more pictures. A good day indeed!

– Paul

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.

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

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