Our Annual Toy Drive is November 20!

This year’s Toy Drive event, benefiting local police and fire departments, will take place on Saturday afternoon, November 20. This event will take place behind the Pueblo Union Depot (at Victoria Avenue and B Street), from 1pm to 4pm.

Every rider who brings a toy donation gets a train ride for half the usual price! That means only $8 for a locomotive ride, and only $4 for a caboose ride! Cash or check only, please.

For this event, masks are not required for those who have been vaccinated.

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

Paul’s Blog – October 30, 2021

On Saturday, October 30, we had an outstanding Halloween event that may have broken our attendance record for a single-day event. Many visitors came out to ride the Cemetery Express and to visit the Haunted Rail Car.

We had a great group of volunteers who worked hard to make the event successful. Ron Roach, Dee Applegate, Jerry Dandurand, Dwight Maxey, Kendall Crouch, Justin Cesar, Colin Mellin, Reid Adams, Tyler Seeley, Dan Reichenbach, and Paul Brown took care of business. And a special shout-out to John McDowell for his work putting together the Haunted Rail Car, which was the highlight of the event.

I have included a few pictures to show what things looked like.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – October 23, 2021

On Saturday, October 23, Dwight Maxey, Dan Reichenbach, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown got the work done at the Museum. First up was to get Engines 103 & 104 started. The crew successfully got 104 started on its own, but Engine 103 had to be jump-started due to battery issues. Even after several hours of running, the batteries on Engine 103 are not taking a charge, so we will have to continue to investigate the problem. We used Engine 104 to shuffle some equipment around, and get ready for upcoming events. While the engines were warming up, the crew had some time to add some journal oil to our Mo-Pac caboose, as this car still sports friction bearings.

I have included a few pictures of the work today.

– Paul

Take a Ride on the Cemetery Express!

The Cemetery Express Halloween train event will take place on the day before Halloween, Saturday, October 30, from 4pm to 8pm. Our special Haunted Caboose promises to be even scarier than last year!

Train ride tickets are $15 for a ride in our GP7 locomotive, and $8 for a caboose ride.  Children under three years old ride the train free.  There is no “entrance fee” to attend the event.

Masks will be required at this event, since a ride in the train – or a trip through the Haunted Caboose – happens in a confined “indoor” space.

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 – October 16, 2021

On Saturday, October 16, we had a good group of volunteers assemble to get some batteries installed into Engine 103. Dwight Maxey, Dan Reichenbach, Colin Mellin, Tyler Seeley and Paul Brown all did their part to help get our new battery un-crated, as well as get another battery from inside the shop moved out next to the locomotive to install. After Dwight and Colin checked the liquid levels of each battery, we slowly started to lift each one into the battery compartment. Each battery was carefully handled so as not to spill acid, or to make contact with the steel surrounding the compartment. Later in the afternoon, we made the final cable connections, and then plugged in our battery charger to get the batteries up to full charge.

On Sunday, October 17, Dwight and Paul met in the afternoon to try to start the unit. While the batteries did spin the engine – with the cylinder cocks open when the start attempt was made – we found an issue with the fuel pump. With time running short, we postponed any further attempts to start the engine until we can troubleshoot the fuel pump issue. It has been 10 months since Engine 103 was last operated, so we may find more issues as we work through this.

I have included some pictures of the work accomplished.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – October 2, 2021

On Saturday, October 2, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Tyler Seeley, Ron Roach, Dan Reichenbach, Gary Carter and Paul Brown made it out to the Museum to get some projects done. Dwight, Dan, Colin and Paul got to work on repairing the bell on Engine 104. They disassembled the clapper assembly, cleaned it up, and then reassembled it. Some old oil was coating most parts, so this repair should get it operational – we’ll find out next time we run her. While this work was going on, Gary and Tyler did some welding work on Engine 103 to get a new tray installed in the battery box. We are now ready to re-install the batteries when our one new battery is delivered next month.

We took a short lunch break, and then started moving some equipment out of the shop building to clean the place up a bit. There was cleanup of a lot of debris that got blown in over the years, and some rearranging of items to allow easier access. At the end of the day, we did a bit of miscellaneous work before tying up.

I have included some photos of the work done.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – September 25, 2021

On Saturday, September 25, we had a small crew make it out to switch some equipment around at the Museum. Dwight Maxey, Dan Reichenbach, John McDowell, Tyler Seeley, and Paul Brown fired up Engine 104, and set out to move some cars around to get the equipment set up for next month’s Halloween event. The two cars needed for the event were on two different tracks and buried behind other equipment. Not a problem, just kick off the hand brakes and start banging cars around. We also used the Trackmobile to move a couple pieces of equipment due to their location, and have a run around track. Thanks to John and Tyler for a bit of work earlier in the week to get a street crossing cleared that we needed, and thanks also to Ron Roach for a quick run to get fuel for the Trackmobile. It takes a team effort to get things done at the Museum!

I have included a few pictures to give you an idea of the equipment moved.

– Paul

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