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The Galloping Geese are definitely one of those oddities of Colorado railroading. They're small, gasoline-powered railcars built from highway vehicles by the struggling Rio Grande Southern in the 1930s as a way of continuing service without all the costs associated with full-sized trains (coal, a crew of at least four, maintenance, wear on the track, etc.) By the end, seven were built for the RGS, and an eighth was built under contract for the San Cristobal Railway. Of these, all but RGS Goose #1 and the San Cristobal unit survive today. Goose 1 continues to exist in a way, as a very good replica was built by the Ridgway Railroad Museum.

Probably the best known of the fleet is Goose #5. RGS 5 was originally built at the RGS's Ridgway shops in the spring and early summer of 1933 using a 1928 Pierce-Arrow touring car body and Pierce-Arrow 36 engine up front and a large express freight area in the back. In 1946, its appearance underwent the first radical change in appearance, when the Pierce-Arrow car body was replaced with the Wayne bus body is has today. In 1950, its appearance changed yet again, as the express freight box on the rear was converted to passenger use, as a way of retooling the Goose to serve in the new tourist services that the RGS was promoting. Less obvious changes were made along the way as well, with airbrakes added at the FRA's insistance in 1939 and the original Pierce-Arrow engine b... (Continued)

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