PAST HISTORIC FOUNDATION PROJECTS:
2022 Grant Awards
The Foundation awarded six grants of $1000 each to help
preserve rail history in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2022 are:
Our first grant 2022 goes to the Park County Historical Society. The grant will be used by them to rebuild the east
sill of Colorado and Southern caboose 10600 located in McGraw Memorial Park in Bailey.
Our second grant goes to the Ridgway Railroad Museum. The museum built a faithful recreation of the RGS inspection car
No. 1. The grant will help buy a rebuilt transmission and add four wheel braking.
- The third grant this year goes to the Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition. The grant will facilitate the moving an
old wooden Colorado Midland/Midland Terminal boxcar to the their depot prosperity in Divide, CO.
- Our fourth recipient is the Denver South Park & Pacific Historical Society. The grant will be used to purchase materials (steel
rods) to fabricate three new stub switches in the Como yard.
- Our fifth recipient is Western Crossroads Railway Museum in Provo, UT. The grant allows them to digitize large size Engineering
maps and operational documents. The large size documents require specialized scanning equipment. They hope to be able to post to their
- Our final grantee for 2022 is the Loveland Historical Society for preservation efforts to save the Great Western passenger
and freight deport on Monroe Ave.
2021 Grant Awards
The Foundation awarded five grants of $1000 each to help
preserve rail history in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2021 are:
Our first grant 2021 goes to a newcomer to the program - the Teller Historic and Environment Coalition. They a recently
acquired a Colorado Midland wooden boxcar body. Their intent is to restore and display it in context next to the Divide depot.
The Coalition intends the grant will go towards the cost of moving and stabilation.
Our second grant goes to the Denver South Park & Pacific Historical Society. Their grant will go toward rebuilding the DSP&P
water tank in Como.
- The third grant this year goes to the Pine-Elk Creek Improvement Association. The grant will aid in the painting and repairs
to their drop bottom gondola located on the old South Park grade.
- Our fourth recipient is the Galloping Goose Historical Society of Dolores CO. They are using the money to restore five freight cars
located next to the Dolores depot.
- Our final grantee for 2021 is Kyle Colley and his efforts to restore D&RGW narrow gauge railway post office car 119. The funds
will be used to fund replacement roof ribs.
2020 Grant Awards
The Foundation awarded five grants of $1000 each to help
preserve rail history in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2020 were:
- Our perennial recipient the Denver South Park & Pacific historical Society. Funds were awarded to retrieve
C & S boxcar 8311 from Boreas Pass, and bring it Como for restoration and display. Moving and painting are estimated to
- Our second grant goes to the South Park Rail Society and their efforts to bring D & RGW 5743 to Como and back date it
to it's 1926 appearance.
- The third winner is the Ridgeway Railroad Museum. The grant goes to the purchase of a heavy duty rear axle for the RGS Motor 1.
The current 93 year old Buick axle is original but not up to the task of operating today.
- Our fourth $1000 grant assists The Letterpress Depot in painting the old Santa Fe Englewood depot.
- The Colorado & Southern Railway Society is our last grantee. They are restoring bobber caboose 1006. A job whose scope
has expanded from just a new roof will use the funds to help complete the restoration.
2019 Grant Awards
The Foundation awarded five grants of $1000 each and two grants of $500 to help
preserve rail history in the Rocky Mountain Area. The grantee's for 2019 were:
- Our top recipient this year was Brad Swartzwelter's effort to place the Moffat Cup in a secured climate
controlled display case in Denver Union Station.
- Our second grant goes to the South Park Rail Society and their efforts to restore C&S narrow gauge gondola
#4319 to operating condition.
- The Pine-Elk Creek improvement Association granting them money to erect two signs explaining the railroad
heritage of the site. One sign will show the a route map of the DSP&P highlighting Pine Grove's place in the system.
The second sign provides a bit of area history using material from Tom Klinger.
- Our fourth $1000 grant assists the Ridgeway Railroad Museum in the restoration of the interior wood work of RGS
- The Pueblo Railway Foundation received the fifth grant to securing ATSF caboose 2278R.
- The first $500 went to Mr. Jeff Badger to restore a 1938 Ford Model T speeder for operation around Como.
- The last of our grants goes to High Plains Railroad Preservation for restoration work on Union Pacific
wood caboose 2095, originally built in 1880.
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
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.
In 2010, the Club transferred ownership of Car No. 25 to the West Corridor
Historical Rail Cooperative, a part of the City of Lakewood’s Arts and
Culture Department of Community Resources. Since Car No. 25 operated mainly on the D&IM
line to Lakewood and Golden (Route 84) it is fitting that the car has returned to the area it
once roamed. It is the vision of the City of Lakewood to construct at transit museum
at Oak Street (on the new RTD West Line Light Rail extension) sometime in the future. This
vision is fully described at