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Colorado Rail Annual No. 21: Robert W. Richardson's Narrow Gauge News
CRA No. 21: Robert W. Richardson's Narrow Gauge News

Colorado Rail Annual No. 21: Robert W. Richardson's Narrow Gauge News

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Robert W. Richardson

Colorado Railroad Museum, 1994

Robert W. Richardson's Narrow Gauge News by Robert W. Richardson.

Seventy-three mimeographed and six printed issues of Narrow Gauge News were mailed to those who sent self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelopes to the World's Largest Narrow Gauge Museum and Motel at South Alamosa, Colorado. Circulation was limited, and today copies are almost impossible to find. The Colorado Railroad Museum has reprinted these as a book with over 170 photographs made from Bob's original negatives, many of which have never been published before, now preserved in the Western History Collection of the Denver Public Library.

This is a fascinating account of the final years of the San Juan and Galloping Geese, snow-fighting, abandonment hearings and last runs. The struggle among railroad officials, employees, railfans and a then-indifferent public officials over the survival of the slim gauge is recounted from Bob Richardson's unique perspective.

Bob has written an introduction describing how he chronicled the declining years of Colorado's narrow gauge empire four decades ago. The Narrow Gauge News played an unrecognized role in building public support for the surviving narrow gauge we treasure today.

Colorado Railroad Museum, hardcover with dust jacket, 303 pp., 8.5 x 11 x .75 in., B&W photographs plus timetable reproductions.

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