PAST HISTORIC FOUNDATION PROJECTS:
2018 Grant Awards
The Foundation awarded six grants of $1000 each to help preserve rail history
in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2018 were:
- The Hinsdale County Historical Society to help move D & RG combine 211 to Lake City
- The Ridgeway Railroad Museum for the purchase of ties needed by a new loop track or security cameras to help protect their collection.
- The South Park Rail Society towards a full rebuild the air pump, reservoir,
and related plumbing of their steam engine No. 4.
- The DSP & P toward the complete restoration of boxcar 608.
- The Salida Museum Association for the sandblasting and repainting of
their unique 0-4-0 tank engine.
- The Denver Tramway Heritage Society to rewind and repair the traction motors.
2017 Grants Results
The Foundation awarded four grants of $1000 each to help preserve rail history
in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2017 were:
- The DSP & P Historical Society for electrical work on the restored depot in
- The Durango RR Historical Society for continued restoration work on
D & RGW refrigerator car #39.
- The Pueblo RR Museum for re-painting the Santa Fe #2912 steam
- The South Park Rail Society for repairs on the locomotive tender for Klondike Mines #4.
2016 Grants Results
The Foundation awarded five grants of $1000 each to help preserve rail history
in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2016 were:
- The Golden Spike Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society
based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. The grant will be used to create new drawings and mold
patterns for the axle bearings. They are restoring D & RGW 223 a class C-16 narrow gauged
2-8-0 built by Grant Locomotive Works in 1881.
- The San Juan County Historical Society for help in rebuilding part of the
Silverton Northern Railroad north out of Silverton.
- The Galloping Goose Historical Society from Dolores Colorado. This grant will
help fund a new interpretive sign about the history of the RGS and the Geese.
- The fourth grant is to the Ridgeway Railroad Museum to assist in the construction
of a 150' by 35' train shed to protect their collection.
- Our final recipient is the Train Mountain Railroad in Chiloquin, Oregon for the
repainting of Rio Grande caboose 01431.
Foundation Book Auction 2016
Our second project for the year is an auction of railroad books donated
by long time club member and former president Jim Ehernberger. The first group of books offered earned the foundation almost $1000.00.
2015 Grant Results
The Foundation awarded five grants of $1000 each
to help preserve rail history in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2015 were:
- Ridgeway Railroad Museum project to preserve and scan some 1200 Rio Grande Southern Dispatchers’
Train Sheets (1890-1944)
- Contribution to the restoration of the Como roundhouse turntable to operating condition
by Dr. Charles Brantigan
- Contribution to the restoration of C&S narrow gauge caboose #1006 in Silver Plume
by the Colorado & Southern Railway Historical Society
- Contribution to the restoration of D&RGW narrow gauge refrigerator car #39
by the Durango Railroad Historical Society
- A year-round outdoor interpretive sign for the Como, Colorado depot by the Denver South
Park & Pacific Historical Society
Car No. 25
In the past the focus
of the Foundation was the restoration and eventual operation of Denver & Intermountain
(D&IM) Car No. 25. After World War II,
the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club took numerous excursions over the electric lines of
the Denver Tramway Corporation and Denver & Intermountain Railroad. Car No. 25 was one
of the cars occasionally used for the trips. The Club purchased the car in 1950 to save it
from the scrapper, and used it for excursions after regular Tramway service was discontinued
in June of 1950. The car's last trip was its movement to Golden on March 15, 1953. After
spending time stored at several locations in Golden it was moved to the Colorado Railroad Museum
for display. In 1988 the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club made the decision to restore the car and
pursue a location at which to operate it. The process of restoration was long and arduous, taking
more than 20 years and thousands of man-hours. Restoration activities were conducted at the
Denver Federal Center and in January, 2012 D&IM Car 25 was added to the National Register of
Historic Places. This link takes you to the National Register site of car 25, where you
can find a complete history of the car.
RGS 20 Matching Grant
A matching grant of $10,000 for the CRRM Restoration
of RGS Engine No. 20. The foundation is happy to say the generous members of the RMRRC
contributed as of March 19th $12,215 to the Colorado Railroad Museum's efforts to
restore Rio Grande Southern locomotive No. 20 to operating condition.
The RMRHF was happy to deliver a matching amount of $10,000 to the museum. Thank you one and all.
Car 25 Online Auction 2013
In 2013, the Foundation will work with the City of Lakewood to support
an online auction of railroad books and memorabilia in support of the continued maintenance
of Interurban Car. No. 25. Thanks to the generous donations by a number of Club members,
especially Albert Knicklebine, hundreds of items will be made available for purchase and
the funds raised will be used by Lakewood to ensure that No. 25 is properly protected for
the enjoyment of the public.