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ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

The Rocky Mountain Railroad Historical Foundation was founded in 1990 by the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club for the purpose of preserving historic railroad equipment. Membership in the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club also includes membership in the Foundation.


The Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 corporation to which contributions are tax deductible.

The mission of the Rocky Mountain Railroad Historical Foundation is:

1. To promote and encourage public interest in railroad history and the impact of railroads upon the Rocky Mountain region.
2. To support the preservation of historical railroad artifacts for restoration, exhibition and/or operation.
3. To cooperate in the public education efforts of organizations with a complementary interest in the Foundation’s mission.
4. To develop written and video materials relevant to railroad history to be distributed to other organizations or the public for educational purposes.

CURRENT PROJECTS 2016:

2016 Grant Campaign

The Foundation awarded five grants of $1000 each to help preserve rail history in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2016 were:

  • The Golden Spike Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society based out of Salt Lake City, Uath. The grant will be used to create new drawings and mold patterns for the axle bearings. They are restoring D & RGW 223 a class C-16 narrow guage 2-8-0 built by Grant Locomotive Works in 1881.

  • The San Juan County Historical Society for help in rebuilding part of the Silverton Northern Railroad north out of Silverton.
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  • The Galloping Goose Historical Society from Dolores Colorado. This grant will help fund a new intrepretive sign about the history of the RGS and the Geese.

  • The fouth grant is to the Ridgeway Railroad Museum to assist in the construction of a 150' by 35' train shed to protect their collection.

  • Our final recipient is the Train Mountain Railroad in Chiloquin, Oregon for the repainting of Rio Grande caboose 01431.

Foundation Book Auction 2016

Our second project for the year is an auction of railroad books donated by long time club member and former president Jim Ehernberger. The first group of books offered earned the foundation almost $1000.00.

PAST HISTORIC FOUNDATION PROJECTS:

2015 Grant Results

The Foundation awarded five grants of $1000 each to help preserve rail history in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2015 were:

  • Ridgeway Railroad Museum project to preserve and scan some 1200 Rio Grande Southern Dispatchers’ Train Sheets (1890-1944)
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  • Contribution to the restoration of the Como roundhouse turntable to operating condition by Dr. Charles Brantigan
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  • Contribution to the restoration of C&S narrow gauge caboose #1006 in Silver Plume by the Colorado & Southern Railway Historical Society
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  • Contribution to the restoration of D&RGW narrow gauge refrigerator car #39 by the Durango Railroad Historical Society
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  • A year-round outdoor interpretive sign for the Como, Colorado depot by the Denver South Park & Pacific Historical Society

Car No. 25

In the past the focus of the Foundation was the restoration and eventual operation of Denver & Intermountain (D&IM) Car No. 25. After World War II, the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club took numerous excursions over the electric lines of the Denver Tramway Corporation and Denver & Intermountain Railroad. Car No. 25 was one of the cars occasionally used for the trips. The Club purchased the car in 1950 to save it from the scrapper, and used it for excursions after regular Tramway service was discontinued in June of 1950. The car's last trip was its movement to Golden on March 15, 1953. After spending time stored at several locations in Golden it was moved to the Colorado Railroad Museum for display. In 1988 the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club made the decision to restore the car and pursue a location at which to operate it. The process of restoration was long and arduous, taking more than 20 years and thousands of man-hours. Restoration activities were conducted at the Denver Federal Center and in January, 2012 D&IM Car 25 was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This link takes you to the National Register site of car 25, where you can find a complete history of the car. http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/weekly_features/12_01_20_interurban25.htm

RGS 20 Matching Grant

A matching grant of $10,000 for the CRRM Restoration of RGS Engine No. 20. The foundation is happy to say the generous members of the RMRRC contributed as of March 19th $12,215 to the Colorado Railroad Museum's efforts to restore Rio Grande Southern locomotive No. 20 to operating condition. The RMRHF was happy to deliever a matching amount of $10,000 to the museum. Thank you one and all.

Car 25 Online Auction 2013

In 2013, the Foundation will work with the City of Lakewood to support an online auction of railroad books and memorabilia in support of the continued maintenance of Interurban Car. No. 25. Thanks to the generous donations by a number of Club members, especially Albert Knicklebine, hundreds of items will be made available for purchase and the funds raised will be used by Lakewood to ensure that No. 25 is properly protected for the enjoyment of the public.

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In 2010, the Club transferred ownership of Car No. 25 to the West Corridor Historical Rail Cooperative, a part of the City of Lakewood’s Arts and Culture Department of Community Resources. Since Car No. 25 operated mainly on the D&IM line to Lakewood and Golden (Route 84) it is fitting that the car has returned to the area it once roamed. It is the vision of the City of Lakewood to construct at transit museum at Oak Street (on the new RTD West Line Light Rail extension) sometime in the future. This vision is fully described at http://www.lakewood.org/HistoricTransit/

Interurban Car No 25 in 2011

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