Father’s Day Train – June 19, 2021

On Saturday, June 19, the Pueblo Railway Museum had a really good day for the Father’s Day Train Ride event. We had somewhere between 30 to 40 visitors take a Father’s Day ride on our train and cab rides seemed to rule the day! We also had a great turn out of volunteers to help! Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, John Breesawitz, Dan Reichenbach, Justin Cesar, Chris Fox, Ron Roach, Dee Applegate, Jerry Dandurand and Paul Brown all worked hard to make sure our visitors had a fun and safe experience. As happens with some of our events, visitors arrived slow at the beginning and then increased after the first hour or so making for a fast-paced day.

I have included a few pictures that I was able to grab to show the activity. Watch for updates on our website on our next event coming up in just two weeks on the Fourth of July!

– Paul

Special Father’s Day Train!

Join us on Saturday, June 19 at the Pueblo Union Depot, as the Pueblo Railway Museum hosts its special Father’s Day Train! This event will take place from 9AM to 1PM. Face masks are no longer required for those who are vaccinated. We will be running our red, white and blue Patriot engine for this event, along with two cabooses. Train ride tickets are $8 for a caboose ride, and $15 for a ride in the locomotive, with children under two free. Cash or check only, please.

For directions to the Pueblo Railway Museum, click here.

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

Paul’s Blog – June 5, 2021

On Saturday, June 5, we had a small crew make it out to give the Patriot, Engine 102, a good cleaning. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, John Breesawitz and Paul Brown handled the chore of cleaning up Engine 102. David Hunter made it out to work on modifying a small speeder trailer for some future duties.

Cleaning the locomotive is a big enough job that it is the only thing we got done today! This gets the engine ready for its use through the summer for numerous events. I was only able to take a couple of pictures today as scrubbing the engine takes too much time.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – May 29, 2021

On Saturday, May 29, we had a small crew come out to take care of the equipment moves at the Museum. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Dan Reichenbach and Paul Brown got busy getting the track speeders and Trackmobile equipment disassembled and stored in different corners of the shop area to get ready for the Summer event season. After finishing this work, Engine 104 was fired up and used to switch the AT&SF Waycar to an area just outside the shop door, so that work can start to get this car in shape. This move required grabbing a string of six cars and making one long move.

When this work was completed, the crew took a lunch break and then got to work starting up Engine 102 (the Patriot Engine) so that it can be prepared for use over the summer for our event trains. After sitting out the winter months, Engine 102 started right up and took a little trip out to the main running track to make sure the systems were working good. We finished up the day by parking 102 back in the shop until next week when it will get washed. This unit gets very dusty sitting in the shop for close to eight months.

I have included a few pictures of the morning work today

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – May 22, 2021

On Saturday, May 22, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall and Lynnette Crouch, Dan Reichenbach, Reid Adams, Alex Rivera, David Hunter, Ron Roach, Dee Applegate, Jerry Dandurand and Paul Brown were all out to support the running of the T-Rex Express. This is one of our events that features our speeders and the Trackmobile. It gives us a chance to highlight some equipment that most people may not be familiar with, the equipment used by the track workers and the shop workers on railroads. We had about 30 guests come out to ride, but due to rain, we had to cut the event short by about an hour. A shout out to John McDowell for his work in getting the decorations on the equipment and putting things together, and to Colin and Dwight for work they did to get the Trackmobile operational.

Pictures below are from Paul Brown and Kendall Crouch

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – May 8, 2021

On Saturday, May 8, we had a good crew make it out to the Museum to get a list of items completed. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, John Breesawitz, Dan Reichenbach, Reid Adams and Paul Brown were kept busy through the day. We started with Dan, John, Kendall and Paul cleaning gravel and debris from our two street crossings. This has to be done once in a while, so equipment can roll through without threat of derailing. We all then jumped on board Engine 104 and the cabooses, to do a bit of main track running. The run finished up by switching Engine 103 to another yard lead, to allow for the Trackmobile Express to be used in an upcoming event. We took a quick lunch break, and then did the work required to assemble all the small equipment that makes up the Trackmobile Express which includes a number of our track “speeders”.

After that work was completed, we split into a couple of different tasks, with John and Reid working to clean out the Santa Fe Waycar for future restoration work. Paul, Kendall and Dan went out to the main running track to finish pulling up some rail that we had started on during last week’s work session. Dwight did some troubleshooting work on the
electric controls in our two new signals. All in all, a very productive day.

I have included a few pictures of some of the work done.

– Paul

The Dinosaurs Are Coming!

Join us on Saturday, May 22 at the Pueblo Union Depot, as the dinosaurs return to the Pueblo Railway Museum! Our “T-Rex 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 little “putt-putt” train for this event (see the flyer graphic below), decorated with all sorts of prehistoric creatures! All train ride tickets are $6, with children under two free. Cash or check only, please.

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

Paul’s Blog – May 1, 2021

On Saturday, May 1, some hardy souls jumped in to battle the heat and get a few ties replaced. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, Pascal Bartilow, John Breesawitz, and Paul Brown worked through the hottest temperatures so far this year to get a few ties replaced in our main running track. For a couple of members of the crew, this was a learning experience, as it was their first time replacing ties. I am sure they will attest to this being some hard work!! We spent the morning removing the ties and preparing the roadbed for the installation. The crew soon learned the great difference in size between old rotten ties and newer wood in good condition which you can see in the first picture. The newer ties were placed under the rail, and it was time for a lunch break.

After lunch, the crew headed out to spike the ties up, tamp in some ballast, and dress the right of way to finish the work. We also spent a short time taking out a couple of sections of rail which lead to a removed section of platform track. After baking in the heat, everyone was glad to call it a day!! I have included a few pictures to illustrate the tie work completed.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – April 24, 2021

On Saturday, April 24, we had a few people show up for some fun. Colin Mellin, David Hunter, Dwight Maxey, Geoff Barker and Paul Brown were busy with the variety of tasks scheduled. Dave kept up the progress on a small project to shorten the wheel base on one of our small rail carts. He was able to drill new mounting holes for one of the axles. Paul and Colin made a morning of the tumble weed clean up. With only the two of them they burned up three hours just clearing out blown in trees, I mean tumble weeds. With the size of some of these, you would think ponderosa pines had blown down off the mountains!! Dwight stayed busy in the shop yard. After lunch, Geoff joined the crew to work on wiring the signals that were installed a couple weeks back. A few hours work and we had them working! Now we just need to fine tune the operation of the semaphore and get the bell awakened on the wig wag.

Thanks to all for the effort today! I have included a few pictures to illustrate the work today.

– Paul

New webpage: “The Museum”

Based on feedback from our web visitors, I have added a new page to the website, titled “The Museum“. This page shows where to go for our public events, where to find our trainyard, and where our restoration shop is. From this page, you can also learn when our train rides are available, and how to get a guided tour. The page is especially useful for those who have never been to the Museum, and want to know what to expect when they visit.

Thanks for following our blog! If you have any suggestions about the Museum or our website, send us your feedback!

– Dave