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  Riding the Goose 1
Riding Saturday's Goose 5 from Antonito to Osier
  From: Goose 5 on the C&TS Dates: June 10, 2006 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
Saturday, 10-Jun-2006's run was all the way westbound across the C&TS, Antonito on through to Chama. A bit before 0830h, and the Goose crew has her almost ready to board in the Antonito yards.
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Photo 2
Also at Antonito was C&TS 484, being prepped by the crew for the daily passenger train
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Photo 3
Goose 5's rear truck was rebuilt last winter. Here it is at home in Dolores, CO, on 18-Feb-2006, with the rear truck gone and the rear end held up by piles of timber.
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Photo 4
One of the major parts of the rear truck rebuild is the new wheels. This week on the C&TS is their first real break-in, and as such they're making a bit of noise.
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Photo 5
If I got my notes right, that's Larry Spencer, Vice President of the Galloping Goose Historical Society, handling the Goose for the first two-thirds of the run (Antonito-Cumbres).
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Photo 6
The first photo op of the day was on Hangman's Trestle. This, of course isn't the original trestle - this one was built in the spring of 1989. The original trestle was accidentally destroyed by fire during the 1988 filming of the made-for-TV movie Where the Hell's That Gold.
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Photo 7
Next stop - Big Horn.
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Photo 8
Just another Big Horn shot with the sign in the background.
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Photo 9
Jerry McKenzie gives the front wheels a look while we're stopped at Lava. Comforting advice from the crew for this stop: Look out for rattlers, they're thick around here.
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Photo 10
The next stop is Sublette - not really a photo op, just a chance to adjust the brakes, oil the drive chain, etc.
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Photo 11
Just a low-angle shot of the Goose while stopped on the main at Sublette. We're still an hour ahead of the regularly scheduled train at this point.
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Photo 12
I can't remember exactly where we traded (Big Horn, maybe), but eventually those of us who had been riding up front switched with the folks in the back.
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Photo 13
The obvious must-do shot on any special over the C&TS is the one coming out of Rock Tunnel (aka Toltec Tunnel, overlooking Toltec Gorge).
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Photo 14
Immediately to the west of Rock Tunnel is the Garfield Monument, a memorial to President James A. Garfield.
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Photo 15
Just east of the tunnel, Goose 5 sits under the telltale waiting for the passengers to return
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Photo 16
Only a few miles further, we're into Osier for lunch, still well ahead of the scheduled westbound train (turns out the train is actually late anyway)
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Photo 17
Just another shot of the Goose in front of the Osier dining house
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 20D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.