“Rio Grande Southern Railroad’s Galloping Geese”

A famed aspect of the Rio Grande Southern was its fleet of Galloping Geese. During the Great Depression, increasing operational costs made it expensive to operate trains over the mountainous railroad. The railroad devised a rail car from Buick and Pierce-Arrow automobiles or bus front ends and a box car rear end. Seven Geese were built for the line, and all but one survive today. The Goose at Knott’s Berry Farm still operates in the function it was designed for—to run a cost-effective rail service on days when demand does not require full-size trains (mostly weekdays during Fall, Winter and Spring in this year-round theme park). All six original Geese and a reproduction of No. 1 are operational. Goose, No. 4 was restored to operation in 2011 by the volunteers of the Ridgway Railroad Museum and the Telluride fire department. See more at http://www.classicstreamliners.com.

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