Rio Grande: Chasing the Narrow Gauge Volume I, II, III

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Rio Grande: Chasing the Narrow Gauge

 

Volume I

 

Author:  Robert Richardson  

Publisher/Date:  Heimburger House Publishing (2002)  

ISBN: 9780911581539  

Condition: New oblong hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 200 pages Dimensions: 12 x 9 inches. Profusely illustrated with black/white and color photographs. Maps, charts and ephemera.  

Description: Today one man is specially recognized as one of the founders of the narrow gauge railroad preservation movement in the United States. He is Robert W. Richardson, who with a friend started the Narrow Gauge Motel in a remote section of Colorado in 1949. Later he and a friend began the Narrow Gauge Museum in Alamosa, which helped initiate the safekeeping of narrow gauge rolling stock, hardware and paper memorabilia.

The collection he and Cornelius Hauck started, now housed at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, has grown so large it requires a number of staff and volunteers to catalog and maintain. In this nostalgic volume, Bob recounts his early days as an editor, advertising coordinator, member of the U.S. Armed Forces, motel owner and later as head of the largest narrow gauge railroad museum in the country. Primarily, it highlights Bob's life as an avid narrow gauge fan during the last two decades the Colorado Narrow Gauge still operated as a common carrier  

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Rio Grande: Chasing the Narrow Gauge

   Volume II 

 

 

Author:  Robert Richardson  

Publisher/Date:  Heimburger House Publishing Co (2005)  

ISBN: 9780911581577  

Condition: New oblong black hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 208 pages. Dimensions: 12 x 9 inches. Profusely illustrated in black and white with an all-color, 16-page section with photos taken as far back as 1950. Gil Bennett painting on dust jacket.  

Description: In this second volume of his narrow gauge chronicle, noted narrow gauge preservationist Robert Richardson takes a close look at the Rio Grande’s Silverton and Farmington branches, the Third Division between Salida, Gunnison and Montrose, and the Valley Line between Mears Junction and Alamosa, Colorado. With 50-year-old photographs and firsthand accounts, Richardson offers the most authoritative chronicle yet on this portion of the Denver & Rio Grande Western’s Rocky Mountain narrow gauge railroad empire. In a landscape format that lends itself to large photographs, Bob shows the railroad, its operations and equipment in dramatic style.  

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Rio Grande Southern: Chasing the Narrow Gauge   

 

Volume III  

 

Author:  Robert Richardson  

Publisher/Date:  Heimburger House Publishing (2011)  

ISBN: 9780911581621  

Condition: New oblong hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 224 pages. Dimensions: 12 x 9 inches. Profusely illustrated in black and white.  

Description: In this third volume of his narrow gauge chronicle, noted narrow gauge preservationist Robert Richardson continues to take a close look at the Rio Grande Southern, the 172-mile narrow gauge route that wrapped itself around the craggy and forested San Juan Mountains between Durango and Ridgway, Colorado. In just two years, Otto Mears built a railroad that climbed four mountain passes and featured 142 bridges, including numerous high, spindly trestles.

In this volume, the author hones in on the town of Ridgway, the various RGS “oasis” towns in the wilderness, mine-rich Telluride, the RGS’ locomotive fleet, the Galloping Goose era and high-in-the-sky Ophir. He also talks about important old RGS records and how he obtained copies, relates humorous insights about hunting season on the line, the Montezuma Lumber Company operations at McPhee, and the last runs of the famed RGS trains.  

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