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May 19, 2020 07:14AM
Greg Scholl Wrote:
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> I had someone look at the RGS and they said there
> was a period when they ran the whole line,

1934-1942. Goose service on Telluride Branch & Delores-Durango dropped August-September '42. (references vary)

> then
> during the "Tourist Only" time
1950 & '51

> they basically ran
> Ridgeway to Lizardhead and back.

Also ran Durango to Delores (or Mancos) and at times Ridgeway-Telluride BUT only if they had a full load of passengers. No service out of Durango for several months in '51 while the Hiway dept was rebuilding hwy 160 west of town.

> While #5 does have the seats in the
> back(Converted), there is footage starting in
> Durango all the way through to Ridgeway. Then
> there is additional footage we are trying to
> figure out. It appears this could have been 1949
> or 1950 since two trips to Durango were made, in
> each of those years.

It was possible to engage a goose for trips over the entire line in 1950-51, know it happened, not sure when or how often.

Also RMRRC had their 1st RGS excursion using Geese over the whole line in the middle of July, 1946.

> My source tells me that at one point(Probably
> 1950), the converted Geese were only used for
> tourist business and that was it. In our film
> there is clearly some mail bags being dropped off,
> and perhaps other things, but no big freight. I
> suspect they still had the mail contract as we see
> someone take the bags to the PO, in I believe
> Ophir!

Mail contract was cancelled effective 3/31/50.

hank
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