All photography provided by GGHS Volunteers unless noted.
The Galloping Goose Historical Society of Dolores, Inc. was founded in 1987. The Society’s first big project (in 1991) was to build a replica of the original RGS Dolores depot. The new building is slightly northeast of the original location. It is a Victorian structure and painted in the RGS color scheme of buff yellow with brown trim. It contains the Society’s railroad museum and gift shop.
In 1997 and 1998, the Society completely restored Galloping Goose No. 5 to operating condition through the efforts of hundreds of hours of volunteer labor and thousands of dollars in donations. Goose No. 5 made its first run in almost 47 years on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in May 1998. Goose No. 5 is now a very popular attraction operating on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in June and on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad during Railfest in August.
In 1999 the Society obtained ownership of RGS coach 256 and plans to restore it for static display in front of the Dolores Town Hall as the Chamber of Commerce visitors center and perhaps eventually to restore it to operating condition.
The purpose of the GGHS is to preserve, restore and operate the Historical Rio Grande Southern Railroad and all necessary equipment, rolling stock, real property, historical sites and buildings.
What We've Achieved
- Built replica of the Dolores RGS Station Housing the Museum.
- Restored the Galloping Goose #5 from the frame up - completed in 1997.
- Operated excursions on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Durango and Silverton Railroad every year since restoration.
- Continue to maintain the original Galloping Goose and train new crew members to continue the care of this piece of history.
- See also "Projects" page.