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  Goosefest
Saturday, 29-Nov-2008, at the Colorado Railroad Museum
  From: CRRM's Thanksgiving Goosefest Dates: Nov 29, 2008 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
On the weekend following Thanksgiving 2008, the Colorado Railroad Museum held "Goosefest", a somewhat holiday-appropriate celebration of their three RGS Galloping Geese - RGS 2, 6, and 7.
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When I arrived around 1100h, only two of the motors - RGS 2 and 7 - were running. 6 was nowhere to be found.
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Photo 3
As it turns out, 6 had conked out on its way around the Museum's loop track before I arrived on account of carburetor problems, and needed a little shove to get over the crest of the line. (Nathan Zachman photo)
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Another shot of the Goose goosers. (Nathan Zachman photo)
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Since there wasn't much of a line and there was one seat left in RGS 2's cab, I decided to start the day out with a trip around the loop.
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Photo 6
Upon taking my first lap around the museum track, I found 6 resting on the turntable.
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Photo 7
If ever you doubted that the RGS Geese were cobbled together from whatever was handy, you only need look at the dashboard to validate that. This is RGS 2's dash. Like all of the Museum geese, RGS 2's cab is built from a Pierce-Arrow Series 80 body. 2 was originally built in 1931 with a Buick Master Six sedan shell, but upgraded in 1939.
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Photo 8
RGS 2's Buick inline 6 powerplant, as well as it's unusually-mounted horn.
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Photo 9
Apparently somebody had been tinkering with 6, as shortly after I disembarked from 2, it got permission to re-enter the operating loop. Here it is coming off the roundhouse track into the main loop.
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All three Geese lined up at the passenger boarding area. Unlike the other two, 6 was always a work motor and never designed for passenger service. Today, she's mostly just for show, with 7 doing the majority of the passenger hauling.
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Photo 11
Shooting Geese in a Loop doesn't have quite the visual of shooting fish in a barrel, but you get the idea. A half mile loop of track is a pretty tight space for three moving rail vehicles, and it's easy enough to get most of your shots within a couple hours. Here's 7 leaving the loading area.
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Photo 12
Another shot of 7, up closer to the new water tank.
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A wider shot of 7 from nearly the same spot.
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Shortly after 7 passed, here comes Goose 2.
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Another view of RGS 2
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And bringing up the rear of the gaggle is Goose 6, out and running again.
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Speaking of the water tank, here's Goose 7 passing under it...
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And Goose 2...
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And Goose 6 bringing up the rear.
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Photo 20
Obviously this isn't a Goose, but it has an RGS connection. It's an 1880 D&RG 34-foot narrow gauge mail/baggage car built by Billmeyer & Small that was sold to the RGS in 1891. One of this car's three twins can be found - largely collapsed - by the RGS East Mancos tank. See photos 119-121 in my Railfest Trip Report.
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Photo 21
Near the crest in the grade on the backside of the loop.
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Over the top, 2 heads back down towards the turntable facilities.
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Goose 7 heading into the downhill portion.
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And then coming through the turn behind the roundhouse
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6 is just such an odd duck... er, goose... that it's interesting to watch. Compared with the others, it's tiny.
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6 follows 2 down around the roundhouse curve
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Photo 27
Coming through the home stretch, about to cross the driveway and pull up to the passenger loading area again.
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Photo 28
And, of course, here comes 2 again. Wait, where's 6 now? Only 7 and 2 are running the lop.
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Photo 29
RGS 2 and the museum sign.
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Photo 30
There's 6, sidelined again on the enginehouse lead as 7 passes on the main loop.
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Photo 31
Two things I really love - RGS Geese and wig-wag signals - that should never be in the same shot. There's something wrong about this...
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Photo 32
RGS 7 heading off to make another loop with more passengers. Barring any mechanical problems, the Museum will continue showing off the Geese for the rest of the afternoon and Sunday, 30-Nov-2008. Stay tuned - there's a possibility of the whole gaggle (all seven) being here next spring.
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Creative Commons License With the exception of photos #3 and #4, which © 2008 Nathan Zachman and used with permission, the rest of this work is copyright 2008 by Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net), but licensed under a Creative Commons License. (Note: This does not apply to Photos #3 and #4 - please contact Nathan Zachman for any reuse permission.) I encourage others to consider CC or other Open Content-style licensing of their original works.

All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 40D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM, Sigma 18-50mm, or a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.