In looking for a way to reduce the cost of federally required passenger and mail service, The Rio Grande Southern Railroad built 7 geese in the 1930s. The geese were originally called "motors" as they were converted automobiles designed to ride the rails for small duty tasks. Goose #7 was built using a Pierce Arrow 1926 body and a Ford 1936 V-8 engine and was attached to a single train passenger car.
Goose 7 changed ownership a number of times and finally was moved to the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1983. In 2008, it was restored to mint condition and is on display there and runs on the Colorado Railroad Museum track. In 2016, it made its first appearance on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad track that runs between Chama, NM and Antonito, CO.
While I didn't get to ride this goose, I was fortunate to still see it in the railyard in Chama before its return to the museum in Colorado.
Galloping Goose 7 by Debra Martz
This image is copyright of Debra Martz.
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October 22nd, 2016
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