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  From: CRRM Goosefest 2012 Dates: Jun 15-17, 2012 Author: Nathan Holmes


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Another elegantly restored business car is the RGS Rico (and probably more applicable to Goosefest). The car was purchased by the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club from the RGS, and eventually given to the museum for restoration and preservation.
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Photo 38
The interior of the Rico is not quite what you'd find in CB&Q 96, but it's still remarkable.
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Photo 39
A quick trip past the roundhouse on the way back reveals GP30 3011 sitting inside, getting prepped for some much needed attention.
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Photo 40
Back outside the roundhouse, everybody's ready to go
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Photo 41
And we're off - as the museum is opening to the public, Karl takes 1 out onto the table to lead the Geese onto the Museum's main loop for the day.
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Photo 42
Now the morning migration had started in earnest - one by one, in order, the motors leave the roundhouse tracks to be lined down the mainline
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Photo 43
I've always liked RGS 2, as it's the only motor that retains its original freight box rear compartment.
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Photo 44
While not all of RGS 3 made it, at least it's dashboard made it... Well, that and one of the Knotts guys showed up, and we threatened to get him a grey shirt with a big 3 on it and make him run around the mainline while making honking noises.
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Photo 45
And the freshly restored RGS 4 heads out after a spin on the table.
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Photo 46
The start of each day's public proceedings was the shot of all six Geese near the upper portion of the Museum's loop, followed by several non-passenger laps. Aside from RGS 1, this is the first time that five Geese have been together since the end of the railroad in 1952.
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Photo 47
To give you some point of comparison between the Geese, I'll show them all from roughly the same perspective as they make their first official lap of the day. Here's the replica of RGS 1.
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Photo 48
RGS 2, a Pierce-Arrow body with the original freight box configuration on the back
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Photo 49
RGS 4, with the Wayne bus body on the front and the post-1950 passenger box on the back
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Photo 50
RGS 5, probably the most photographed Goose in Colorado, again with a Wayne bus front end and a post-1950 passenger box back end
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Photo 51
RGS 6, a Buick body with a freight backend and a huge snowplow. Originally, RGS 1, 2, and 6 were all Buick bodies. 2 was eventually rebuilt with the Pierce-Arrow body that it has today, however.
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Photo 52
And bringing up the rear is RGS 7, the only one of the large Geese to retain its Pierce-Arrow body.
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Photo 53
Throughout the day, the Geese would make the loop around the museum, hauling as many passengers as they could.
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Photo 54
And there were plenty to be hauled, with lines for rides stretching back to the main building at least. One of the museum volunteers told me that the first day of Goosefest 2012 was very similar to a Thomas day, if not possibly worse.
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Photo 55
The big motors - 4, 5, and 7 - were the only ones giving the general public a ride.
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Photo 56
The small motors were confined to quick up and back runs on the west side of the museum, and only for those of us who had bought the Goosefest passes.
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Photo 57
The geese are none too big inside. Here's a view from the cab of RGS 6 as we trundle along. Two big guys in the front is definitely not something you'd want to do all the way from Ridgway to Durango. Or Ridgway to the first road crossing out of town, for that matter.
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Photo 58
Just another look at RGS 4 out on the main loop.
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Photo 59
No offense to RGS 2, but next time we do this, I really hope Knotts Berry Farm management will let RGS 3 come back home to Colorado just once so that we can see all three Wayne-bodied Geese filling these slots.
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Photo 60
I hope you've enjoyed this look at a historic gathering of RGS Galloping Geese. Goosefest 2012 is an amazing moment in RGS history, with something likely thought impossible just ten years ago - all but one motor not only restored, but running in the same place for a weekend.
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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.