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On June 15-17, 2012, the Colorado Railroad Museum hosted Goosefest 2012. The event would mark eighty years since the Rio Grande Southern created RGS motors 1-7 (later nicknamed the Galloping Geese) to save the railroad from insolvency, and some sixty years after those very machines participated in the removal of the rails beneath them. Goosefest 2012 was to be the first gathering of all the Geese since 1953, as it would be the first time that all six of the surviving Geese, plus the recreation of RGS 1, would be restored and operational.

As it turns out, one Goose didn't make it - Knott's management decided against letting Goose 3 travel from California to Golden for the event. But the other five, plus the RGS 1 replica, all made it and operated in fine form for the whole weekend. Crowds were about as many people as I've ever seen at the museum - one volunteer told me it was as many people as on a Thomas weekend. I'm glad as so people took advantage of this historic event, as there's no word if there will be another Goosefest, or if as many of the newly-restored motors will be able to make it back. Enjoy what follows - three days and a night of photographing RGS Galloping Geese in Golden, CO.

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