Some time ago it became obvious that the R&LHS Golden Spike Chapter was not going to be able to continue working on the restoration of D&RGW Locomotive 223 and that we were not going to have access to the Trainman’s Building at Union Station. We made the tough decision to divest ourselves of the tools and equipment that we had accumulated over the 30 years we were working on the restoration. There were thousands of dollars’ worth of tools and equipment that needed to find a new home. As an example, each of the two gantry cranes had been purchased at a cost of $7,000.00.
We wanted to find an organization that would use the tools and equipment to restore and preserve historic railroad equipment. Because of a longstanding relationship between our organization and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad we decided that everything should be donated to them. John Bush, president of the C & T arrived in Ogden on August 6th. John, and a number of Golden Spike Chapter members and volunteers spent Friday, August 7th disassembling equipment and loading the truck and trailer.
A special thanks to all of our members and volunteers who helped with this back breaking project: Lee Witten, Lee Secrist, Matt Jensen, Thomas Brown, Steve Jones, Slim Jolley, Maynard Morris, and Danny Caliva. Thanks also to Ogden Union Station staff for providing access to the building and supporting us throughout the day.
There will be at least one more trip to Ogden to pick up additional small equipment and tools as well as the need to hire a commercial mover for the heavier equipment.
Discussions with John Bush throughout the time we were loading the equipment and tools confirmed that we made the correct decision.