Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose

Built by the Rio Grande Southern railroad seven of these were built by the railroad starting with Galloping Goose number one and ending with number seven in the early 1940s. These motor cars kept the railroad running until the early 1950s carried freight, mail and carried passengers and the Rio Grande Southern RR did not have to use a lot of steam except mainly during the stock rush in the fall. The name Galloping Goose came from the way the car body rocked back and forth on the Rio Grande Southern track that was not maintained very well. These galloping geese ran between Durango and Ridgeway Colorado on the Rio Grande Southern. Around 1950 galloping goose 4,5 and 7 were converted to take tourists to Lizard Head Pass for 2 summers before the Rio Grande Southern ended the railroad operations. All the Rio Grande Southern geese still survive and still run. Geese 2,6 and 7 at the Colorado Railroad Museum. 3 at Knotts Berry Farm and gooses 4 and 5 still run on the Durango Silverton and Cumbres Toltec as specials through out the Summer and Autumn. You can get a full history of these motor cars by searching on the web Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose.