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Fifty years ago, two legends in Colorado railroad preservation - Robert W. Richardson and Cornelius Hauck - opened up the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, with a little help from other railroad preservation enthusiasts. Their collection from the Narrow Gauge Motel in Alamosa had found a home in the foothills west of Denver. Since then, the museum has become self-supporting, acquired a huge range of equipment, completed a full loop of track for operations, undertaken a number of projects to return equipment to operation, built the Robert Richardson library and filled it with the most comprehensive collection of Colorado railroading information imaginable. It's a huge testament to these two men, as well as the hundreds (if not thousands) of volunteers and supporters over the years that have made this possible.

On Saturday, 11-Jul-2009, the Museum invited supporters, railfans and the general public alike in to celebrate those fifty years with a small ceremony followed by a parade of various operating equipment running on the museum's track loop. Most significantly to Rio Grande fans, it marked the long-anticipated return of Rio Grande diesel #50, the only narrow gauge diesel locomotive the Grande actually owned. After some 25 years at the museum and 15 years of restoration work, 50 is fully functional once again. Aside from test runs, her official maiden trip around the loop happened Saturday morning.

Thank you to everyone over the last half centur... (Continued)

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