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Ouray County Railroad Days

September 18-21, 2014

Ridgway, Colorado

A weekend of history, guided tours, talks and a symposium celebrating Ouray County's world-famous railroad heritage!

Thursday, Sept 18, 9:00 am

Silverton Railroad - day hike at Red Mountain

Guided hike with historical narration along the Silverton Railroad grade from Red Mountain summit to the Guston townsite. Hikers will see Red Mt summit, the Knob, Red Mt townsite, the National Belle Mine, the Red Rt Wye, the Yankee Girl Mine, the Treasury Tunnel branch, the Guston Congregational Church, etc. The hike is 3 to 4 miles downhill, some bushwacking, so you should be in good shape. Bring water, lunch, wear long pants, prepare for weather. Meet at Corkscrew Gulch roadhead, 7.8 miles south of Ouray's Beaumont Hotel on US 550. Tour led by Ouray County Museum Curator, Don Paulson

$10 per hiker (both Thur and Fri hikes for $15). Free to members of either the Ridgway Railroad Museum or the Ouray County Historical Society - membership card required.

Friday, Sept 19, 9:00 am

Silverton Railroad - day hike at Red Mountain

Guided hike with historical narration along the Silverton Railroad grade from Guston to the Albany Mill site. Hikers will see the Guston Depot, Corkscrew Gulch turntable, Silver Bell Mine branch, Ironton Depot site, Albany Mill site, etc. The hike is 3 to 4 miles downhill, some bushwacking, so you should be in good shape. Bring water, lunch, wear long pants, prepare for weather. Meet at Corkscrew Gulch roadhead, 7.8 miles south of Ouray's Beaumont Hotel on us 550. Tour led by Ouray County Historical Museum Curator, Don Paulson

$10 per hiker (both Thur and Fri hikes for $15). Free to members of either the Ridgway Railroad Museum or the Ouray County Historical Society - membership card required.

Saturday, Sept 20

Ridgway Railroad Museum Open House
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The museum at the intersection of routes 550 and 62 will be open, with continuous historic railroad videos and staff on hand to answer questions. Come see motor #1 run - great for kids! Motor #1 demonstration on the half hour from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm - Free

Model Railroad Open House
9:00 am - 12:00 Noon

Visit Don Paulson's Denver and Southwestern Railroad, a 30' x 40' HO/HOn3 railroad based upon the D&RGW/RGS railroads of Southwestern Colorado. Pick up directions to Don's house at the Ridgway Railroad Museum or call Don at 970-325-0931 for directions. Don's house is located 10 minutes from the Ridgway Railroad Museum. A map with directions will be available at the Museum. Visit Don's Railroad Website.

Tour of the D&RG Ouray Branch - 1:30 pm

Ouray branch, Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, Ouray to Ridgway: 1:30 pm.

Your tour guide is Ridgway Railroad Museum
Vice-President Jim Pettengill.

(no lunch required, meet at Ridgway Railroad Museum)

Narrow Gauge Railroad Symposium

Topic TBA

Saturday September 20, 2013

Location: Ridgway Town Hall

Evening Program - 7:00 PM

Donations are requested as this is a fund raising activity. For additional Information contact Jim Pettengill at 970-626-4239

Sunday, Sept 21, Guided Tour of RGR Right-of-Way

Take a guided tour along one of our historic railroad routes in the stunning San Juan fall colors!

Rio Grande Southern Railroad route to Lizard Head pass: 9:30 am - return 4:00 pm.
Your tour guide is Ridgway Railroad Museum President Karl Schaeffer

(bring a lunch, meet at Ridgway Railroad Museum)

These are car caravans, limit of 8 cars per group, reservations suggested. Details: call 970-626-4239 or 626-4373. Donations are requested as this is a fund raising activity.

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