Track N' Feathers

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 Then and Now
Here are a couple of Galloping Goose No. 5 pictures for all of you Goose fans!  The first one was taken soon after the rails were pulled up in Dolores when the Rio Grande Southern was being dismantled-circa late fall 1952.  The poor old girl was apparently unceremoniously just pushed off into the dirt when she was delivered.  Five members of the Dolores Rotary Club had purchased this Goose from the scrapper for $250.00!  We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to those men!  They had the foresight to save this historic piece of the RGS as a reminder of Dolores' railroad heritage.  The old depot building was dismantled soon after this picture was taken. (GGHS Museum collection)

Approximately 1952

Approximately 1952

Goose 5 in January of 2008

Goose 5 in January of 2008

The "new" RGS Dolores depot was built in 1991, the front door of which is located about 40 feet to the right of the Goose in the picture above.  Railroad Avenue in Dolores (Colorado Highway 145) now occupies most of the foreground you see in this picture.

The second photo above is Goose No. 5 as she is today.  This picture was taken on January 8, 2008 after a light snowfall the day before (about 10 inches).  Those of you with a keen eye (or magnifying glass) can see that when Goose was restored to operating condition in 1998 most of the original dents were left as they were when she was delivered to Dolores in 1952.  If you look closely at the bottom of the door and along the bottom edge of the bus body there is evidence of damage from some sort of mishap-not unusual for RGS operations.  One possibility (from photographic evidence) is that this damage happened when she derailed one snowy winter day at the highway grade crossing on Dallas Divide and ran into an ice encrusted show bank.(Larry Spence photo)