Paul’s Blog – September 18, 2021

On Saturday, September 18, Colin Mellin, Dwight Maxey, Tyler Seeley and Paul Brown made it out to the shop to take on the task of removing four of the batteries from Engine 103. The group successfully removed the batteries, one of which was damaged due to freezing last winter, and cleaned up the battery compartment on the engine, which was thoroughly rusted. There was enough rusted metal in there that it needed to be shoveled out! Then we were able to find a new floor and modify it to fit. Just another chore that needs to be completed when you operate 70 year old locomotives!!

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

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – September 11-12, 2021

On Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, a good group of volunteers came out to donate their time and talent for the Colorado Rail Fair Event. Jerry Dandurand, Dee Applegate, Ron Roach, John McDowell, Dwight Maxey, Justin Cesar, David Hunter, Colin Mellin, Reid Adams, Dan Reichenbach, Tyler Seeley, and Paul Brown all spent many hours doing various tasks to give all the folks who visited the event a chance to ride on a full size locomotive or caboose. While not a huge turn out, we did have a number of riders and everyone looked to be having a fun time!

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event a safe and successful adventure.

– Paul

Pictures by Paul Brown and Ryan McWilliams.

Paul’s Blog – September 4, 2021

On Saturday, September 4, we had a small group come out to the Museum to do some checks and repairs to our track in preparation for next week’s big event. Dwight Maxey, Tyler Seeley, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown headed out to make some adjustments to some areas of our track that had wide gauge and loose bolts. Our first spot had what’s called a dog leg at a joint in a curve. We were able to draw the gauge tight and re-spike the rail to make a smooth joint. Then we did some bolt tightening on our main running track at some areas that were a concern. Lastly we checked on the track in front of Union Depot to make sure it is ready to use for next weekend’s event.

I have included a few pictures of the work crew today.

We will be providing train rides for the Colorado Rail Fair event at the Pueblo Union Depot. For details of next weekend’s Rail Fair, click here.

– Paul

Join Us At The Colorado Rail Fair!

The Colorado Rail Fair is one of our biggest events of the year! The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, from 9AM to 4PM both days. Our Patriot engine and two cabooses will be ready for train rides behind the Pueblo Union Depot, with lots of interesting events happening inside the Depot building.

Admission to the Rail Fair event is $5 per person; children under 12 years old are free with a paying adult. Our train ride tickets are $15 for a ride in the engine, $8 for a ride in the caboose. Children under two ride the train free.

Steel City Café will be serving food at this event, with hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas and more! Cost for the food is not included in the admission or train ticket prices.

For more information, contact our Tour Guide, Ron Roach at 719-544-1773.

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

Paul’s Blog – August 21, 2021

On Saturday, August 21, a good group of volunteers, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Ron Roach, Tyler Seeley, Romey Mars, Reid Adams, Dee Applegate, Jerry Dandurand, and Paul Brown, hosted the Back To School Train event. We had a light turnout with approximately 20 folks coming out to take a ride before they buckle down to the rigors of another school year. We had enjoyable temperatures today making for a nice time for all who attended.

I have included a few pictures for your enjoyment.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – August 14, 2021

On Saturday, August 14, our crew, consisting of Dwight Maxey, David Hunter, Tyler Seeley, Kendall Crouch, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown, were able to complete all the projects scheduled for the day. First up, we cleaned out both of the street crossings. This consists of shoveling out the heavy debris, and then sweeping, and lastly we brought out our secret weapon, compressed air! Now this really cleans up the situation. After completing this work, we progressed to greasing the rail on our sharp curve – applying grease to the gauge side of the outside rail.

We took a short lunch break, and then started to work on our locomotives. We drained off a small amount of accumulated water from the crankcase of each engine, and also drained accumulated water and oil from the engine room sumps of each engine. We then started Engine 104, to charge its batteries and to check the engine systems, as this engine has been sitting for a while due to Engine 102 (the Patriot) being primary. Speaking of Engine 102, we did some additional work to this engine, which included adding 24 gallons of coolant, and configuring a drain line from the engine room sump to keep the material draining close to the rail and not splashing onto parts of the locomotive. To end the day, we inspected Engine 104, shut down the engine and secured it until a later date.

I have included a few pictures of some of the work done today. Watch for our Back to School Train Rides next weekend, when we run from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

– Paul

Back To School Train on August 21

Our Back To School Train event is scheduled for Saturday, August 21. The event will take place from 9AM to 1PM behind the Pueblo Union Depot building. We will be running our red, white and blue “Patriot” engine with two cabooses.

Train ride tickets are $15 for a ride in the locomotive, and $8 for a caboose ride. Children two and under ride the train free. There is no “entrance fee” to attend the event.

Steel City Café will be serving food at this event, with hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas and more! The food price is not included in the train ticket price.

At this time, there are no mask restrictions planned for this event.

For more information, contact our Tour Guide, Ron Roach at 719-544-1773.

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

Paul’s Blog – July 31, 2021

On Saturday, July 31, we had a small crew show up to get some more track repair work completed. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Tyler Seeley and Paul Brown braved some high humidity conditions to replace two broken ties in the sharp carve that leads to our shop area. We were able to get the old ties out and the new ties under the rail and spiked before we took a lunch break. After lunch we finished tamping some ballast under the ties and dressing the roadbed before shutting down for the day.

I have attached some photos to illustrate the work completed.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – July 24, 2021

On Saturday, July 24, Dwight Maxey, David Hunter, Tyler Seeley and Paul Brown got some track work done. Our main goal was to remove dirt and rock from on top of a stretch of ties in the sharp curve leading to the shop area, and to install some gauge rods in the curve. Most of the morning was spent by all four volunteers removing the dirt and rocks to allow a better visible assessment of the track structure. After a short lunch break, the crew spent time installing the gauge rods on the track and cleaning up the edges of the track “right of way”. This is part of an ongoing project to make the track through this sharp curve more secure for operation.

I have included a few pictures to better describe the work completed.

– Paul

A “Closer Look” at our Museum!

One of our volunteers was on the radio recently! Dave Dandurand, the webmaster for the Museum, was interviewed by Dan Beck, Regional Public Affairs Manager for K-LOVE radio in Phoenix, Arizona. The interview originally aired on June 13 on their radio program called “Closer Look”, and the interview is now available online.

Dan Beck spends his time at K-LOVE searching online for nonprofits and agencies serving communities in areas where their radio network has stations. One of his current topics of interest is highlighting the existence of museums and other civic spaces which have been closed or very restricted during the pandemic. Dan was particularly interested in the Pueblo Railway Museum because he is a bit of a railroad fan himself!

This interview is a great way to learn more about who we are, why we do what we do, how you can visit us, how you can contribute to our work, and how we connect with and preserve Pueblo’s railroad history.

To listen to the radio interview, click here.