|The Pueblo Railway Museum's 2016 Polar Express had the highest attendence rate in many
years, even with losing December 17th due to brutal and dangerous weather. Thanks to all our visitors (new and repeat) for attending, and to the museum volunteers in setting up the decorations, managing ticket sales, running the train, serving the cookies and chocolate, showing off the model trainset, guiding the visitors to each attaction, running the movie, and being available to
answer questions, especially about the newly painted 2912 locomotive.
Our team is all museum volunteers (many from outside Pueblo) and not employed by the Depot, so it is their yearly dedication to providing Pueblo with such a unique experience. We are very proud of the time and energy they all contribute. Please also visit our facebook page for on-going comments and picture sharing. Look for our special events throughout 2017!
Railyard News 8 August 2016: The AMTRAK Exhibit Train was a major attraction on August 6 - 7 for Pueblo and southern Colorado! Attendence to the Exhibit Train was free to everyone, and an incentive to: attend the Rail Fair at the deport; purchase items from the vendors, including the Museum's mobile kitchen; learn from rail support organizations; purchase rides on the Pueblo Railway Museum's train; and, admire the reassembly activity of the ATSF 2912 locomotive. Attendence was beyond expectations, and excitement was high!
The Pueblo Railway Museum extends our sincere THANKS and praises for the wonderful experience provided by AMTRAK, and their support to the undergoing efforts of returning AMTRAK service to Pueblo CO! The exhibit was fascinating, and the support staff a pleasure to work with.
If anyone could not visit over the weekend, AMTRAK's website has a great overview of the Exhibit train at Amtrak Exhibit Train and Amtrak Exhibit Train Equipment History. Or, if you forgot to pick up some items from the gift shop, visit their on-line gift shop so you can show your support for AMTRAK returning to Pueblo!
Exhibit train arrives August 4, 2016:
----AMTRAK arrives on main track-----Eases into the yard next to the Patriot and 2912-------Sets up next to the 2912!--------
On Display August 6-7:
-----2912 shows off its shiney new paint job! Lots of "oohs" and "ahs!"------ --------Amtrak consist is huge!-----
----------------View from the bridge-----------------------Ground activity before the crowd arrived-------
Exhibit train Leaves August 7, 2016:
-----Crew gets ready to leave---------- Consist crosses the road toward Switch ---Gets ready to join the BNSF line---
----------------------------------Heads into BNSF yard to queue up for access to Trinidad, CO ----------------------
ATSF 2912 News 8 August 2016: The ATSF 2912 has received its much awaited coat of paint (June10) and was featured in the local newspaper at http://www.chieftain.com/multimedia/photos/4832605-120/paint-robbie-coat-locomotive.
- Drive rods have been reinstalled and the headlight painted and reinstalled . Various protective shields have been set-up in the D Street facility so they and the airtanks can be painted.
- The engine was a crowd pleaser at the August 6-7 Train Show and the Amtrak "open-train":
The PRF thanks all the volunteers and contributers who started almost 2 years ago to get the engine coated. Lots of hours where spent in large tasks (sand-blasting the old paint; reattaching equipment to the boiler and frame; stripping and repainting the rods, etc..), but many more in little tasks (like removing years of protective tape from bearings; removing 40-plus years of caked mud and oil from all over the engine; removing paint and grease from hundreds of bolts, nuts, and fittings. And then there was the weather; a mostly sub-zero winter followed by the start of the rainy season. But 2016 has been a good year for activities.
But, done we are not! The tender is to be prepped and then painted; and some TLC is needed to the locomotive cab to mitigate several vandalisoms.
Photos are being assembled from all participants, plus a display of old stuff that was buried in various nooks-and-crannies of the engine. Even a few Stay Bolts!