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"The 'galloping geese' ran on the Rio Grande Southern between Durango, Telluride and Ridgway in southwestern Colorado. The 'galloping goose' got its nickname by the wobbling motion it made as they ran over uneven tracks and by the unusual sound its horn made. They were made out of used Buick, Pierce Arrows and other spare parts. The 'galloping geese' had fewer demands than the larger steam engines. For the most part they carried mail, freight, and passengers to the otherwise remote towns." per Colorado Railroad Museum

Also see Galloping Goose Timeline


RGS Goose #2
, Durango CO 1941
Martin Hansen

RGS Goose #2

RGS Goose #3


RGS Goose #3

Martin Hansen

RGS Goose #4
, Ridgway, CO in 1940
Martin Hansen

RGS Goose #4

Martin Hansen

RGS Goose #5
, Mile Post #11, CO 1940
Martin Hansen

RGS Goose #5
, Dolores, CO 1952
Martin Hansen

RGS Goose #5

Martin Hansen

RGS Goose #6

Martin Hansen

RGS Goose #7
, Dolores, CO 1947
Martin Hansen

RGS Galloping Goose #19
, Alexandria VA 1988
2"History of Mack Rail Motor Cars and Locomotives", LVNHS, © 1959
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