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  Trip Report: CRRM Goosefest 2012 - Chapter 2
  Goosefest Part 1
Six Geese, Together Again
  From: CRRM Goosefest 2012 Dates: Jun 15-17, 2012 Author: Nathan Holmes


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June 15, 2012 was the dawn of a new era in RGS history, just slightly over sixty years after abandonment of the railroad had been authorized by the ICC. Thanks to the efforts of CRRM, it was to be the first time all six surviving Geese, plus the replica of 1, would be together. As luck would have it, Knotts management pulled RGS 3 at the last minute, but five Geese plus a replica was still a record gathering of the flock.
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A huge thanks for bringing the event together go to the staff and volunteers of the Colorado Railroad Museum, and their leader, Donald Tallman, seen here in his trademark hat hanging out of Museum Goose 6.
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The event officially started on Friday evening, with those of us who had paid for the special Goosefest passes checking in and waiting for the scheduled night shoot.
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Needless to say, in the height of summer, there was a wait to be had for sundown and any possible night shoot. Fortunately, there was plenty of beer and BS amoungst friends to pass the time.
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Well, okay, there was beer for a while. But with some convincing, the museum staff figured out how to get both sets of 5771's headlights running, including making the Mars light actually function again.
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Finally, darkness takes hold and we capture the flock with the fading twilight in the background
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There's only so much you can do with five static Geese around a roundhouse. But we did manage to kill the battery in 6 running the lights...
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Balancing the lighting between RGS 1 not looking like a hole in the darkness and the other Geese not shining like a nuclear blast turned out to be quite a challenge...
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Morning - it comes way too soon, particularly after a late night.
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And it was dang early - I think we started at 6am or so. At least Donald brought donuts and coffee.
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As soon as the sun came over onto the flock, the morning maintenance routines started. Eighty year old machines take a fair amount of attention, no matter what they are.
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I've never been quite sure why the gas tank is on top of Goose 2, but it seems rather inconvenient.
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Meanwhile, the next Goose over in the lineup needs a different sort of liquid attention. (Nathan Zachman photo)
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Turns out Karl's radiator is leaking quite a bit, and RGS 1 requires frequent top-offs with coolant.
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A few last checks under the hood and RGS 1 will be ready
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Meanwhile, the two biggest, most modern Geese - 4 and 5 - sit and bask in the morning light with little attention paid other than routine oil, gas, and water checks.
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One of the advantages of being at the museum way before every other sane human being has gotten out of bed is that you have the place basically to yourself in great light. It allows for some great shots you don't get otherwise.
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I've always wanted a clean shot of CB&Q Northern 5629, and without anybody else around it was easy enough to get.
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Another one of the early morning opportunities was Colorado & Northern 2-8-0 30, which was sitting in the main parking lot at the time.
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Donald also opened up two of the restored coaches normally kept closed from the normal public. The first is Burlington 96, an elegant former CB&Q heavyweight business car.
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The car, which is absolutely beautiful inside, is normally closed except for special guests due to the wear and tear that having the general public pass through it would cause.
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More views of the inside of CB&Q 96
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The front part of 96's rear lounge area.
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And looking out the back towards the rear platform.
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Meanwhile, in the roundhouse, work has started cleaning up D&RGW GP30 3011
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III using either a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS/USM, Canon 17-40mm f/4L USM, or a Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS/USM.