About Us

 

Chartered in June of 1999, the Western Colorado Chapter #227 of the National Railway Historical Society (WeCo), a 501c3 organization, is based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and seeks to preserve the history of the many railroads that have served the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Crystal and Frying Pan river valleys.

 

Our first project was to obtain a lease on the former Ladies Waiting Room at the Glenwood Springs railroad station for use as a railroad museum. After working our way up the "chain of command" we signed a lease with Union Pacific railroad.  Click on the Museum Proj link above for additional information and pictures.

 

In 2002 U. P. donated two ex-Rio Grande rail motorcars ("speeders") to WeCo one of which has been used to run many excursions.  It has hosted several speeder events bringing in people from around the state.  In 2005 it ran the "farewell ride" on the Aspen Branch to Carbondale.   Click on the Speeder link above for additional information and pictures.

 

In 2003 WeCo asked for and received the donation of a 1949 General Electric 45- ton diesel-electric locomotive, from the Cameo power plant of Xcel Energy.  It currently operates on 100 yards of track and is used to offer Engineer lessons.  Getting it here was quite an experience.  Click on the 45 Ton Diesel link above for additional information and pictures.

 

In 2004 members of WeCo banded together with valley citizens to form Rails and Trails whose sole purpose was to prevent the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) from salvaging all the remaining rail on the Aspen Branch.  The approach taken was to seek an excursion train operator to lease and utilize the railroad in lieu of scrapping to rails.  After a long search and many trials, an operator was finally located and RFTA agreed to  preserve the track within Glenwood Spring City limits.  Glenwood Heritage Train, LLC is pursuing needed government  approvals  and will be seeking a lease from RFTA in the near future.  For more information on GHT click on Contacts and click on the GHT link.

 

In 2005 WeCo organized a farewell speeder event inviting local citizens to take a last ride on the former D&RG   rail road to Carbondale.  RFTA has sold the rails for salvage and they were removed in the summer of 2006.  Click on the Speeder link above for additional information and pictures.

Western Colorado Chapter

of the National Railway Historic Society

WeCo

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