Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Galloping Goose

As I was driving down the main street of Dolores, Colorado, I noticed the vehicle shown in the photo above. I decided I had to check it out, to see what it was, since it looked like two separate vehicles attached together.

This turned out to be one of several vehicles that were used starting in the 1930s for about 20 years on the local railroad for both passengers and freight.  It was powered by gasoline and ran between Durango and Ridgway. Some of them were built with an open flatbed behind the front area, but this one had been converted to carry passengers. After World War II, the Goose was used for tourism until 1951.

The inside of the front had a few passenger seats, along with the driver seat. The second photo below shows the passenger area in the back, accessible by the rear door.

It's amazing what you'll find in these little towns.

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