Goose 5 At Perry’s Pond
Several times a year The Galloping Goose Historical Society of Dolores Colorado runs Goose #5 several times a year on the Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railroad. The Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose has a fascinating railroad history on the Rio Grande Southern Railroad in Colorado. I could do several blogs on these machines alone. If you would like more info on the history of the galloping goose type in galloping goose or Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose and you will get all the information on the history.
In June of 2009 I rode goose 5 on the CTSRR from Chama to Antonito. It was a photographer special so I would spend a whole day photographing 5 in several locations on the railroad. I have ridden goose # 5 several times during Narrow Gauge Fest on the Durango Silverton so, this would be the first time on the Cumbres Toltec.
We left Chama New Mexico before the scheduled train so we could photograph it later in the morning.When we got to Perry’s Pond, I did not know what to expect. Photographing from there before I knew at this time of the morning the sun would be in my face.
When I stepped out of the goose this was the composition that lay before me. All I needed was for something to go in the photograph and then the goose started and backed up a little way and then when it came into view this was my Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose photo of the day or maybe still one of my best Galloping Goose # 5 photographs. I photographed a few more RGS 5 shots the rest of the day and even had a nice big lunch in Osier but this was my reward.
When Colorado railroad photographer Otto Perry photographed here, I wonder if he got a picture like this.
Samuel E Howard