Paul’s Blog – March 4, 2023

On Saturday, March 4, Colin Mellin, Dwight Maxey and Paul Brown braved chilly, windy conditions to complete work on the battery connections for the Hi-Rail truck, and to start the work on our new Caboose electrical connection system. During the week, Colin found some really nice battery disconnects that would fit within the battery box on the truck. So we did some work to make the batteries fit in the box better, and rearranged the cables before completing the connections onto the new disconnects. Now we can simply turn a knob, and disconnect our batteries to keep them from discharging.

After the lunch break, we gathered up the new electrical boxes, which were sourced by Colin, and worked to attach them to each end of our three active cabooses. This will allow us to make cleaner, safer connections for electric power to each car from our generator, when we need it for events. It will also allow us to make more permanent wiring on the cars, and simplify the application of lights such as those used at Christmas.

I have included a few pictures of each project from today to help explain what work was completed.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – February 25, 2023

On Saturday, February 25, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown braved the warm temps and pleasant conditions to troubleshoot the electrical system on our Hi-Rail tool truck. We grabbed one of the batteries and made some connections to the truck battery cables, and to our amazement, we found no load showing on the circuit. We got a multi-meter reading of .005 amps. We scratched our heads because we thought we were going to find some kind of short, but nothing. We spent another hour or so turning on items such as lights to check what was working. The turn signals and emergency flashers stopped working as we checked things, but every other light and small load we could find worked well.

So we took a lunch break and came back to install all three batteries and started the truck. While running, the batteries read 14.9 volts, letting us know that the alternator was working. We did a bit more investigation work while the engine was running, and checked more light operations. In the end, we decided that we will remove the negative battery cables from each battery, to save us from dealing with whatever may be draining the batteries. We will be looking into simple battery disconnects in the future to further protect us from battery drain.

After finishing with the truck, we did a small archeological dig in the shop yard. We noticed what looked like a concrete foundation buried in the dirt where we have moved away all the stored material. After shoveling and sweeping off the dirt, we found quarried stone blocks that were probably a foundation for a very old structure that sat in this spot. We uncovered about 40 linear feet of block today. May have to keep cleaning this off on future work days!

I have included a few photos to show you today’s work.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – February 18, 2023

On Saturday, February 18, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown gathered at the Museum shop to work on maintaining and cleaning up our equipment. The first task we tackled was getting the batteries removed from the Hi-Rail truck once again, to charge them due to a continuing problem on the truck which drains the batteries. We will have to continue to troubleshoot this issue until solved. We also worked to get some more tools on board the truck, so when we can rely on it, we can head out to do track work and have enough tools to do that work. Lastly, we cleaned off the locomotive battery cart and the gang car, which had gathered way too much junk being stacked on each. Sometimes it is hard to remember where you set something down and don’t come right back for it, it was probably on one of these pieces of equipment!!

I have included a few pictures to show the activity. If you are reading this email and live reasonably close to Pueblo CO, please consider coming out to volunteer. We can use all the help we can get!

– Paul

AmazonSmile ends February 20!

A reminder that Amazon is discontinuing the AmazonSmile program on February 20.

There is still time for you to take advantage of this opportunity. Click on the banner below, choose the Pueblo Railway Foundation as your designated charity, shop at before February 20, and the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to our Museum. No hidden costs or fees, and the price of your Amazon items won’t change.

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Paul’s Blog – February 11, 2023

On Saturday, February 11, a small group of volunteers, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown, arrived at the Museum with one plan in mind, and in typical railroad fashion had a complete change in plans! The original plan was to work on replacing some cross ties in our running track, but due to the main hydraulic pump in our Bobcat tractor biting the dust we were left without our biggest tool. We do use the Bobcat a lot, and it finally gave in. We will now have to get an estimate for the cost of repairs.

OK then, we’ll just jump in the hi-rail tool truck, and roll out to do what we can to get prepared for replacing those ties. Not so fast now! Yep, the truck wouldn’t start, not even cranking. The brand new batteries we installed a few weeks back were flat dead. Break out the battery chargers and try that. Meanwhile we took our lunch break.

After lunch, we did get the truck to start and put it on the list to figure out what is draining the batteries! We also took advantage of the situation to fire up engine 104 to charge its batteries and circulate fluids. And we hooked up the locomotive battery charger to engine 103.

So, not a lost day but not what was planned. We will have to wait to get the prognosis on the Bobcat, and see how long repairs will take. Meanwhile, if you want to learn how to change out cross ties without heavy equipment, let us know and show up to help!

I have included some pictures of the days activities.

– Paul

Pueblo Railway Museum at the TECO show

On Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, Kendall Crouch, Mike Walker, Gustavo Veed, and Paul Brown staffed a table at the TECO Train Show in Colorado Springs. We were invited to set up a table with info at the show, along with other Colorado rail museums and tourist railroads, as part of the show’s theme of “trains you can ride in Colorado.”

Our volunteers spent the time talking with visitors, letting them know about the Museum and what we have to offer to those interested in railroad history. We handed out flyers with information about the Museum, and a schedule of our events for 2023. We gave out over 30 schedules! We were also able to talk with a few visitors that may be interested in volunteering at the Museum. And we were able to speak with members of other museums to see what they are up to for the coming year.

I have included a picture of our table display and a panoramic photo of the show venue. It was kind of difficult to take pictures while talking with visitors!

– Paul

Visit us at TECO this weekend!

Several volunteers from the Pueblo Railway Museum will be at the TECO train show (Train Expo COlorado), taking place at the Colorado Springs Event Center, at the corner of Academy and Palmer Park Blvd, on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5.

Hours for the show are 10-5 on Saturday, and 10-3 on Sunday. The regular entry fee to attend the show is $10. Because TECO promotes the hobby of model railroading, teens 13-18 are only $5, and kids 12 and under are free. For more information about the TECO train show, click here.

If you are in the Colorado Springs area this weekend, stop by to see all the model trains, and come visit us at our table for a chat with our members!

– Dave

Paul’s Blog – January 28, 2023

On Saturday, January 28, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, and Paul Brown got a little chilly while making the final material moves in the shop yard, to prepare for some future track construction. We were able to clean up some tie plates that needed organized, then moved a stack of switch points. We also finished moving the diamond crossing to a more long term spot out of the way, and moved some other odds and ends. Our next move regarding the shop yard will be to get rid of trash material and scrap metal. We will be moving on to track repair projects into early Spring if the weather allows. I have include a few pictures of the work today.

Next week, we will once again be taking a break away from the Museum while we man a table at the TECO show at the Colorado Springs Event Center located at Academy Blvd. and Palmer Park St. Drop by to see us and chat, and check out some model railroad activity as well.

– Paul

AmazonSmile ends soon!

Unfortunately, Amazon is discontinuing the AmazonSmile program on February 20. Your opportunity to contribute to the PRF through your Amazon purchases is ending much sooner than we hoped!

There is still time for you to take advantage of this opportunity. Click on the banner below, choose the Pueblo Railway Foundation as your designated charity, shop at before February 20, and the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to our Museum. No hidden costs or fees, and the price of your Amazon items won’t change.

To get started on AmazonSmile, click on the banner below, start shopping at, and thanks for your support!

Paul’s Blog – January 14, 2023

On Saturday, January 14, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch and Paul Brown worked hard to move some more material in the Museum Shop yard, to make way for some future track construction. The group was able to move an old original switch from the M&PP Cog Railroad, a couple of crossing signals, several pallets full of rail material, and a diamond. The diamond was very heavy, and required both the Massey Ferguson and the Bobcat to lift, and some very careful maneuvering to get it moved out of the spot it has sat for at least the last eight years and maybe more.

Today’s work was the last big move of stored material in the shop yard to make way for new track construction. Now we are just waiting for the surveyors to come in and mark up the final line for the track run. Then we can start grading and lay out the ties. Don’t worry though as there is still plenty of track repair work to take care of on our running track to keep the volunteers very busy!

I have include some pictures so you can see what the diamond looks like!

– Paul