Wordy Wednesday #121 “ Galloping Goose”


This Galloping Goose was photographed on National Train Day, May 10, 2014, during the PhotoWalk sponsored by Mirrorless Photo Tips at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO. It was shot with an Olympus OM-D EM-10 and 9mm f/8 Olympus fish-eye (bodycap) lens with an exposure of 1/1000 at f/8 and ISO 400. A Train-focused PhotoWalk was also held in Portland that day and Marl Toal and I hope to make it an annual event.

Galloping Goose is the  name given to a series of seven railcars,  built between 1931 and 1936 by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad and operated until the end of service on the line in the early 1950s. Originally running steam locomotives on narrow gauge railways, the RGS developed  the “geese” as a way to keep its contract to run mail to towns in the Rocky Mountains. There was not enough passenger or cargo income to justify continuing the expensive steam train service. The geese were not only less expensive to operate, but were  significantly lighter, thus reducing impact on the rails and roadbeds. This cost saving meant that the first Goose was paid off and making a profit within three weeks of going into service. RGS built more Geese, and operated them until the company abandoned their right-of-way in 1952.

Author: Joe Farace

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