Moving Georgetown Loop Shay #8

As regular readers around here doubtlessly remember, the original Georgetown Loop Railroad ceased to be on 3-Oct-2004, when their contract to operate the line ended. I’ll spare everyone yet another rehashing of all of the gruesome details of this amazing blunder by the Colorado Historical Society, but for those who don’t already know the story by heart, check out my trip report from that sad day. Most of the operating equipment went to the Colorado Railroad Museum, but two pieces remained behind – 3-truck 70-ton Shay #8 and C&S caboose 1012. These two were non-operating, and existed on a short display track outside the railroad’s former offices in Georgetown proper.

On 12-Mar-2008, both pieces were moved to the old GLR’s sister railroad – the Canon City & Royal Gorge (aka the Royal Gorge Route) in Canon City, CO. The move was made by two trucks – one carrying the caboose and the tender, and the other carrying the Shay. Thanks to a tip from one of the CCRG guys (thanks Robert!) via Nathan Zachman, I got the chance to go down and watch the unloading process. It’s not every day you get to watch a large narrow gauge steamer being unloaded from truck. What follows is the unloading process, from the arrival of the truck to the final setup of the equipment just before sundown. The engine now sits just outside the CCRG‘s depot, and will be on static display for passengers coming to ride through the Gorge.


All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 40D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM, Sigma 18-50mm, or a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.

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