October 13 Event: Annual Banquet
November 13 Meeting: Video Potpourri
December 11 Meeting: California Rails
Banquet and Program
By Dave and Jean Gross and Jim Ehernberger
October 13, 2001 • 7:30 PM
to attend the Club’s Annual Banquet. The dinner banquet and
program will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2001, at the
Arvada Center for the Performing Arts located at 6901 Wadsworth
Boulevard in Arvada, Colorado. We will start the evening at
6:00 PM with a cash bar. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM.
During the evening, we will be giving away many, many door
prizes. Dinner will be a choice of Swordfish Parmesan, Lemon
Pepper Chicken, New York Steak and this year we are offering
a Vegetarian dinner.
evening’s slide program, “Cuban Adventure” will be presented
by club members Dave and Jean Gross and Jim Ehernberger. They
traveled to Cuba this year and will share their slides and
provide a first hand account of railroading in Cuba most
of it is still steam! The program will show the country, the
people and the railroad from two different viewpoints. You
will not want to miss this social event, so mark your calendars
and order those tickets. Ticket are $30.00 each and the ticket
order deadline is October 5, 2001. You can order your tickets
on the Club’s web site (www.rockymtnrrclub.org)
using your credit card. There is no regular Club meeting on
October 9th. Our annual banquet is in place of the regular
Club meeting. If you need additional information, please telephone
the Club at 303-979-2806.
Renewals and Equipment Fund Book Drawing
Membership Renewals For 2002 Are Due No Later Than January
A renewal notice is included in this issue of the Rail Report.
Please note that you can now charge your membership dues on
MasterCard or Visa. Also included on the renewal notice are
six coupons for the annual book/video drawing. Drawing tickets
are $2.00 each and the funds raised benefit the equipment
fund. See page 7 of this Rail Report to see how the equipment
fund is used for restoration and maintenance of the Club’s
historic equipment. The final selection of drawing prizes
is underway. The new videos that the Club is planning to release
later this year and early next year may be included.
By Mike Gailus
is the time to get your video clips ready for Video Potpourri
night on November 13, 2001. Find those special clips and put
them on a regular VCR tape and bring it to the October annual
banquet. Content should be of train subjects and the length
should be about five minutes. Be sure to label your tape with
your name, telephone number and subject. We need a host for
the video potpourri night. If you would like to coordinate
this event, please contact Mike Gailus at a Club meeting or
By Dave Goss
recently had the opportunity to take Amtrak to California
(via the Southwest Chief) and then return on the California
Zephyr from Sacramento. I left Denver on an Amtrak Thruway
coach at 6:45 AM and arrived in Fullerton, CA, the next morning
at 9:00 AM (about 50 minutes late). I thought it might be
interesting to see if I could have made the same trip any
faster in 1957 or 1962. Why did I choose these dates? Because
I have Official Guides for these years!
1957, one could leave Denver at 5:00 PM on Train 183 arriving
in La Junta at 9:15 PM. Here you would connect with the Chief
at 11:59 PM westbound, arriving in Los Angeles at 11:15 PM
(no stop at Fullerton on the Chief). The total time on this
trip would have been 30 hours and 15 minutes as compared to
my 2001 journey of 26 hours and fifteen minutes. However,
it is interesting to note that Amtrak allows 2 hours more
for the 26-mile run from Fullerton to Los Angeles. Had I taken
this same trip in 1962, the trip time would have been 27 hours
and 45 minutes.
trip from Sacramento in 1957 could be over several routes.
Had I taken the Overland Route to Denver (via Ogden) the trip
would have been 30 hours and 30 minutes leaving Sacramento
on the San Francisco Overland and changing in Ogden to the
City of St. Louis. My 2001 trip took 32 hours and fifteen
minutes, no changes, and on time. The 1957 California Zephyr
would have taken slightly less than 30 hours and in 1962,
the time was exactly 30 hours. So what does all this rambling
mean? For me, train travel forty to forty five years ago offered
more variety, more options, different routes and about the
same travel time. I guess when we criticize Amtrak as being
the only train trip around, we need to remember that even
though our choices were broader, the time was essentially
you did not get a chance to see Car 25 at the September 15th
lighting ceremony, you missed a tremendous opportunity. Thanks
to a generous donation from Russ and Sue Stuska, the car now
has authentic carbon filament lights installed. The dedicated
volunteers, who installed them, as well as Darrell and all
his volunteers are to be commended for a terrific job well
done! I hope to see many of you at the Banquet on October
13th. Remember, there will not be a regular Club meeting this
month, as we will be enjoying the special banquet program
at the Arvada Center instead.
Bob Griswold was featured in an article in the Fall 2001 issue
of the University of Denver Magazine published by the Alumni
Association. The article tells of Bob’s renown as a railroad
historian as well as his volunteer efforts with the Platte
article also recounts the story of David Moffat and includes
a brief write-up on club member Charles Moffat III.
Bob and Charles!
At The Museum
By Bob Tully
Club’s ex-Public Service Fairmont Speeder, model M-9-G, built
in the late 1940’s is currently under restoration by Club
member Gus Mocilac. He is a long time member of the North
American Motor Car Operators Association and has previously
rebuilt an identical Fairmont speeder for himself. He has
also worked on other models.
moved our speeder to Colorado Springs in mid-July to make
work convenient and expedite repairs. At this time the windshield
frame, control panel, cab, fenders, wheel covers, tool box,
engine cover, floor, headlights and all old wiring was removed.
Next come the wheels, axles, pulleys, drive shaft and motor.
Then we clean the frame. All metal parts will be sandblasted,
and then the fun of a complete rebuilding begins. Following
a new paint or powder coat finish and everything working about
mid-summer 2002, it will be returned to the standard gauge
show track at the Museum for visitor enjoyment.
and other members of the NA Motor Car Association from Colorado
Springs are cleaning right of way, rebuilding and repairing
2.8 miles of the old Rock Island line for running motor cars.
This track runs from near Murray and Constitution to Towers
Boulevard on private land along the east edge of Colorado
Springs. Lynn French and Glenn Lark constructed a 12 X 12
foot concrete pad for handling of motor cars and getting them
on this historic piece of track.
at the Colorado Railroad Museum, we are still primarily working
on caboose 0578 but with continual touch up on the Rico and
minor efforts on the tender. At least the painting of 0578
is nearing completion. The body was primed as needed with
two or more coats of “red” paint everywhere. Ken Gow, Denny
Haefle, Roger Sherman and Dwane Fields have done an outstanding
job preparing the wood, priming and painting throughout August
and September. Next comes a coat of black on the frame, wheels
and all undercarriage and couplers. Then white trim on the
grab irons, railings, etc. Eventually the final step will
come new letters and numbers.
re-lettering will be done this winter. Interested in helping?
Give me a ring at 303-428-2322 as we could sure use another
hand any 2nd or 4th Saturday or any time you might be available.
We can make arrangements for access to supplies.
Glow That Warmed The Heart
By Darrell Arndt
fall open house on September 15th for Interurban No. 25 celebrated
the installation of the new light fixtures in the ceiling
and other improvements. Prior to moving the car outside for
operation, we gathered inside the car for the “official lighting.”
As the building lights were turned off, Russ and Sue Stuska
flipped the switches and the interior was instantly bathed
in the glow of twenty-six replica carbon filament bulbs.
the first time in approximately sixty-five years, the car
exuded the ambiance of the vintage lighting that passengers
first experienced in February of 1911. Everyone’s high spirits
were certainly tempered by the memories of our national tragedy
the previous Tuesday as we paused for a moment of reflection.
skies helped as the car was then moved outside for the day’s
operation. The new lighting even looked good outside and we
are most grateful to club and foundation members Russ and
Sue Stuska who have funded the rather expensive replication
of the fixtures and who even bought the light bulbs many years
ago. Russ and Sue’s generosity is not limited to monetary
support as they can occasionally be seen in Rail Report photos
working on the club’s equipment at the Colorado Railroad Museum.
the lights were the new replica advertising cards that were
obtained from the Association of Railway Museums who did an
excellent job of reproducing them.
President Joe Minnich and Treasurer Fran Minnich were on hand
at the open house to welcome visitors. Foundation trustees
assisting included Bob Wilson, Ron Kaminen, Charlotte Williams,
Tom Peyton, Ken Hampton and Richard Loveman along with Community
Contact Jon Esty and Don Zielesch. Assisting in the operation
of the car was conductor Tom Peyton, motorman Irwin Chaim,
Dick Kremers and electrician Bob Dunmire.
big “Thank you” is extended to those who prepared the car
for the day including Tom Peyton, Dick Kremers, Hugh Wilson
Sr., and Rich Berens. Darrell and Shirley Taylor of Cascade
came up and added atmosphere with their vintage dress and
Tom Peyton’s commemorative tickets were a big hit (see page
included Woeber family descendants Don Woeber and wife Leona
from Ft. Collins and Philip Woeber and his wife Claudia of
Denver. Over thirty books were on sale from the late Ed Haley’s
collection that have been graciously donated by the Haley
family through Ted Haley and his wife Paula. Most of the books
will be available for sale to members at meetings and other
functions with a few to be sold by drawings to be announced.
All proceeds will go to the No. 25 restoration fund. Ron Kaminen
handled the sale of the books and foundation merchandise.
recent financial contribution of note was from Don Eliot who
has provided other monetary support in the past, most notably
for the car lettering. Others thoughtfully gave financial
donations during the open house. A total of $775.00 was donated
and raised by sales of books and merchandise.
Navarro and Bob Dunmire spent numerous hours preparing and
installing the lights fixtures and Frank added a protective
coating to the brass. Bob Wilson obtained the light sockets
and Fred Swovland did an outstanding job of fabricating the
fixtures. The fixtures were designed based on concepts provided
by Robert Immergluck of the Western Railway Museum in California.
Tom Voelker was engaged to polish the covers and did a marvelous
and Louise Piz at A-1 Metal Stripping contributed stripping
of the first luggage rack to be installed. Joe and Louise
also donated a rare fare register that will be installed in
the car. It really looks great after a stunning polishing
job by Frank Navarro. Alert Polishing and Plating donated
the re-plated of the rope guides for the walls.
recent donations of note include a number of fine Herb O’Hanlon
black and white views of Denver & Intermountain equipment
contributed by Gordon Basset of Colorado Springs. We are always
interested in photo’s and items relating to the D&IM operations
so please keep us in mind if something shows up.
visiting the car, a number of folks elected to check out the
new Denver Federal Center Museum where our friend Al Green
greeted visitors. It was a fine day to visit the car. Thanks
to all who stopped by to provide encouragement.