Western Colorado Chapter

of the National Railway Historic Society

Speeders

On Saturday, November 2, 2002 WeCo held a rally and hauled 39 folks, in 4 speeders with 2 trailers.

 

RIDE THE ROARING FORK RAILROAD
on a rail "speeder"

 

In 2001, WeCo asked for and received the donation of two former Rio Grande rail motorcars ("speeders")  by the Union Pacific Railroad. These cars had sat abandoned (and cannibalized) in the Glenwood Springs wye area for many years.  With the help of RFTA employees, working on their own time, #9506 was restored and put into service in 2002.

 

It has been used to take many community residents on rides and lead several speeder rallies to Carbondale. over the former Aspen Branch of the D&RGW with the cooperation  of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority who own the railroad

 

In September  of 2005, WeCo organized a weekend of Farewell to the Aspen Branch speeder trips, for which we were joined by eight speeder owner/operators from the Rocky Mountain Division of NARCOA (National Association of Rail Car Owners of America). We carried more than 160 riders, from the Glenwood Springs wye, south to the State Highway 133 crossing in Carbondale.

.In September  of 2005, WeCo organized a weekend of Farewell to the Aspen Branch speeder trips, for which we were joined by eight speeder owner/operators from the Rocky Mountain Division of NARCOA (National Association of Rail Car Owners of America). We carried more than 160 riders, from the Glenwood Springs wye, south to the State Highway 133 crossing in Carbondale.

 

RFTA salvaged and removed the rails in the summer of 2006.

In July 2005, WeCo held a picnic and  conducted speeder rides for members.

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