New Rocket Car article

The Pueblo Railway Museum is included in a new article by Leslie James on the “Out There Colorado” website, titled “16 Weird Roadside Attractions in Colorado”. The Museum has many unusual items, but truly unique among them are our three “Rocket Cars”, and it is these vehicles that are highlighted in the article. Thanks to Out There Colorado for posting this article. It will help bring more traffic to both our website and our Museum!

To see Leslie’s article on the Out There Colorado website, click here.

To see more Out There Colorado articles by author Leslie James, click here.

To learn more about our Rocket Cars, check out our Rocket Cars page.

– Dave

Paul’s Blog – April 3, 2021

On Saturday April 3, we held our Easter Train event. Dwight Maxey, Dan Reichenbach, Reid Adams, Nick Valdez, Ron Roach, John McDowell, Dee Applegate, Romey Mars and Paul Brown all made it out to pull the event together. With Ron and Dee selling tickets, and John as the Easter Bunny, we attracted in about 60 riders to enjoy the warm sunshine and a short train ride. Romey kept things disinfected on the equipment while Dwight, Dan, Reid, Nick and Paul made sure the train operation went smooth, and our guests enjoyed themselves. The warm temps were surely nice, and everyone seemed to enjoy a slow train ride with the windows and doors open!

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

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – March 27, 2021

On Saturday March 27, Dwight Maxey, Kendall Crouch, Dan Reichenbach, David Hunter, Colin Mellin, and Paul Brown gathered at the D Street Shop to get another couple of projects crossed off the list. Kendall, Dan and Paul spent a few hours placing the slag roadbase down around the new concrete signal bases and covering the shop lead tracks in the continuing job to provide a clean, level working surface around our equipment. Dwight was busy in the shop upgrading an older battery charger for use with the different batteries we have in the other various equipment. David helped him for a bit, before jumping into a small project to shorten one of our rail carts. He did the work to unbolt one of the axles so that it can be relocated on the frame to allow the cuts to be made for the shorter length.

There was a break for lunch, and then Kendall, Dan, Colin, and Paul worked on sorting and restacking a large pile of switch ties we had in the yard. This allowed us to identify the lengths we have and to get the pile organized. We finished up around 4PM with some very Spring-like temperatures!

I have included a few pictures of the gravel work and a before and after shot of the pile of ties that were sorted. Thanks to the volunteers today for the hard work!

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – March 20, 2021

On Saturday March 20, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, Dan Reichenbach and Paul Brown accepted delivery of a cubic yard of concrete to fill the forms for the two signal bases that we have been working on for several months now, with a few delays due to other projects being completed. We used the left over concrete to fill in a large pot hole in front of the D Street Shop that has a pretty interesting feature that you will have to visit the shop to see as I will not describe it here. Dan spent a couple of hours working the finish work on the concrete and Kendall and Paul set the all-thread in the bases to allow bolting the signals to the base. Dwight and Colin provided support to who ever needed it. This is a big step in this project which should accelerate it’s completion!

After the concrete work was complete, we did the switching work with Engine 104 to rearrange where the engines were parked, and then took the caboose consist out to the main running track to have some fun and give free rides to some lucky visitors. Pascal Bartilow joined us for some running time on Engine 104.

Petar Sredojevic was spotted cleaning debris from the top of the loading dock on the south side of the yard where the new track is to be installed. This is the first time that this writer has seen the dock cleaned off in the six years he has been a Museum member!!

Overall a great day with excellent weather and a step towards completion of a big project. I have included a few pictures of the work done today.

– Paul

Easter Event – NEW TIME

Join us on Saturday, April 3 at the Pueblo Union Depot, as we kick off the Pueblo Railway Museum’s 2021 train ride season! Our Easter Bunny Express event will take place from 11AM to 3PM. Face masks will still be required, and we will continue to practice social distancing measures. We will be running our “big train” for this event, featuring one of our GP-7 engines and two cabooses. Train ride tickets are $15 for a ride in the engine, and $8 for a ride in one of the cabooses. Cash or check only, please.

For a list of all of our planned 2021 events, click here.

Paul’s Blog – March 6, 2021

We had a small crew come out to work on Saturday, March 6. Dwight Maxey, Kendall Crouch, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown continued work to remove spikes and tie plates from a pile of usable older ties we have in the Shop Yard. We had to start the day removing some better ties that were mistakenly stacked on top of the ties we worked on previously. Once those were relocated we were able to concentrate on finishing the clean up of the remaining ties. Member Reid Adams even sneaked in to help later in the afternoon. Paul cleaned up a bit of the ground where our new Main Line track is to be built, and also rearranged the the pallets of sorted materials to place them close to the future work site.

With the longer days now, there was even a bit of time to catch some rail activity at the end of the day. I have included pictures below to illustrate the work we did. We’ll be watching next week to see if the weather remains good enough to organize a work day.

Paul’s Blog – Feb 27, 2021

On Saturday 2/27, Dwight Maxey, David Hunter, Kendall Crouch, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown got busy at the Museum. We worked on a variety of tasks with David and Kendall taking on the biggest task of pulling spikes and tie plates from ties to get them ready for reuse. They used our new spike puller which sure makes things easy on the back! While some of the work still required the good old pry bar the impact driver powered tool speeds up the work considerably! Colin spent a good part of the morning cutting old pallets apart to fit them in the trash. Paul and Dwight did a start up of Engine #104 to make sure the cold snap didn’t cause any problems as this engine will be getting used later the Spring. We also found that Engine #103 lost one of it’s batteries due to the extremely cold temperatures. It now has a cell that cracked and will not hold electrolyte. So now we have to determine if just one battery needs replaced or the entire set.

After lunch, we did a bit of planning for projects that are on our to-do list. Hopefully we will have a Spring this year and not four more months of Winter! Below are a few pictures of Kendall and David with the new tool.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – Feb 20, 2021

On Saturday 2/20, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, Justin Cesar, David Hunter and Paul Brown came out to the Museum to finish up a project. And we did! The crew spent the morning installing the receptacle housing and cover on Engine 102 (our “Patriot” engine). Colin and Kendall got the battery cables soldered to the connectors while Justin and Paul bolted the receptacle housing together. After the solder work was done, Kendall pulled the cables back into the j-box under the cab. We took a quick lunch break and then returned to connect the cables to the batteries. Colin brought his crimper in to connect the lugs to the cable ends, and then Kendall and Paul cleaned the connection areas and made the final hook up. We did a quick test with the battery charger to make sure things will work.

This effort today finishes a larger project on all three of our GP-7 locomotives that allows us to charge the unit batteries with a simple ground level hook up. Our new battery charger can handle the load to keep our batteries healthy.

Now we can move on to our project to mount and animate a couple of signals that are laying around in the shop yard!

Below are a few pictures to illustrate the work done today.

– Paul

Welcome to the new PRF website!

At long last, our Pueblo Railway Museum website is up and running again! Thanks to everyone for your patience in enduring the past three months of downtime on our old web platform. In the few hours since I announced the “Grand Opening” of this new website, I have already received some positive feedback, so we are moving in the right direction!

Since I am just learning about all of this web blogging stuff, there may be some bumps along the way, but my goal is for this blog to communicate updates to all of our Museum friends about what’s happening at the Pueblo Railway Museum, and to also let folks know about new content on the website. (At least I think that’s what blogging is for, right??)

You can follow this blog and get an email whenever news is posted here. Just go to the bottom of this page (or any page on the site), enter your email address and click the “FOLLOW” button.

– Dave