News From Como
Much of the news about the preservation efforts of Como can be found on the Facebook pages of the different groups involved in the work. We have provided links to these sites below.

However, we also understand that not everyone enjoys Facebook so we will be working to post many of the same news items below on this page.  If you have news items or comments on what you have seen here, please feel free to contact us at this link.
Much of the news about the preservation efforts of Como can be found on the Facebook pages of the different groups involved in the work. We have provided links to these sites below.

However, we also understand that not everyone enjoys Facebook so we will be working to post many of the same news items below on this page.  If you have news items or comments on what you have seen here, please feel free to contact us at this link.
Much of the news about the preservation efforts of Como can be found on the Facebook pages of the different groups involved in the work. We have provided links to these sites below.

However, we also understand that not everyone enjoys Facebook so we will be working to post many of the same news items below on this page.  If you have news items or comments on what you have seen here, please feel free to contact us at this link.
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         Como Depot
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News Items from Como 

  
 October 10th, 2017

More Railcars Could be Coming to Como

The South Park Rail Society (SPRS) has been offered two ex D&RGW freight cars from the Ashby Collection for use in the Como Project. The cars are being donated to the SPRS however they need to be shipped from their current location to the rail yard in Como, Colorado.

The Idler flatcar #6770, which was used on the Georgetown Loop RR as a maintenance of way car, will be very useful to the Como Crew to move rail and ties as we continue to construct track in the Como Railyard.


High Side Gondola 1267 will be an important addition to our collection as well. Though it is a Denver & Rio Grande car, gondolas of this series (1250 to 1499) were frequent visitors to the Colorado & Southern line through Como as late as 1924. The cars would be carrying coal, loaded at mines on the Baldwin Branch near Gunnison that was consigned to points on the C&S, including Fairplay and Breckenridge. It will be a great asset to have one of these cars in Como to illustrate the interchange of cars that did occur between the C&S and D&RGW.

We would like to Thank Mr. Lindsey Ashby for his generous donation of these railcars to The Como Project and Mr. Phil Johnson for his help with this donation.  We are now currently soliciting funds to have these cars shipped to our shop facility in Como where they will receive needed paint and repairs prior to joining the growing museum collection at the Como railyard.

If you would like to help support this work, please consider a tax deductible donation to the South Park Rail Society and The Como Project. Checks can be sent to:

South Park Rail Society
2253 N. Downing St.
Denver, CO 80205

Or you can make a donation through the online donations page by

clicking the blue link below. 





Thank you everyone for your support of
The Como Project. 


 Highside Gondola #1267 

                                                 
Flatcar #6770
Ship & Retore Railcars for Como
   Aug 19th , 2017


New Museum Piece for the Como Depot

  
Don and Bob Shank have been working to preserve the history of railroads of Colorado for over half a century; and today the two brothers still continue the work that their father started many years ago back when the narrow gauge railways were being torn up.

One of the Shank Brother’s preservation projects was the restoration of a vintage Pacific Express Company railway baggage cart. The Shank Brothers have now completed this project and have generously donated it to the Como Railway Museum currently being developed by our partners in the Como Project, the Denver South Park & Pacific Historical Society.

We would like to say Thank You to both Don and Bob for this donation of this beautifully restored baggage cart and their continued support of not just the Como Project but for their many years of working to preserve the legacy of Colorado Railroading.
 
Bob and Don Shank work with Bob Schoppe to unload the freshly restored baggage cart at the Como Depot (above). This cart is a wonderful addition to the depot's platform and really helps to complete the scene.
 Photos by David Tompkins and Tim Bain

   Aug 19th , 2017


Steam Returns to Como !!!
Boreas Pass Railroad Day

​  
The day has finally arrived. Boreas Pass Railroad Day is an event that has been held for the last 22 years in Park and Summit Counties to celebrate the railway history of the local communities. However, this year was to bring something special. For the first time in 80 years, a scheduled train was to be arriving at a railway station in Park County.
 
For the crews, it was still a beehive of activity. We had the locomotive running but there were still a number of small adjustments to be made following her decades of storage. We also were working hard to get the turntable completed so we could turn the locomotive along with working to finish the radial track into the roundhouse before the end of the day. KMRy #4 showed us a number of things we will need to work on over the winter but she worked well throughout the day to give the crowds a good show and just a taste of what Como once was; and will be again.  
 

KMRy #4 is turned on the turntable for the first time (above). There is still some finishing work to do but for now, the old turntable worked very well. The day was full of brass bands and spectators (right). 

  
With the day coming to a close, SPRS Director Jason Midyette works with other volunteers to complete the track into stall 5 of the Como Roundhouse (above left). With help from some of the spectators, the track was completed and #4 became the first locomotive in 79 years to spend a night inside the old Denver South Park & Pacific Roundhouse (below).

 Photos by Tim Bain, David Tompkins, Todd Hackett, Val Foster and Chip Sherman

   Aug 15-16th , 2017


Locomotive #4 Arrive in Como

  
On August the 15th, Klondike Mines Railway #4 was ready to leave Cheyenne and head for her new permanent home in Como, Colorado. (right)

Once in Como, our crew got to work getting her ready for Boreas Pass Railroad Event that was only a few days away. Jerry Huck and Jason Midyette work to get the smoke stack in place (below right). The people from nearby Camp Como came by that morning with their backhoe which was a great help. Later the crew from Jefferson Como Fire District came by to fill the boiler and tender (below). This is needed until we can get a water tank built.
 

A big THANK YOU goes out to the  Jefferson Como Fire District and the people from Camp Como here in Park County for their help in getting Klondike Mines #4 ready for Boreas Pass Railroad Days.
Jerry Huck and Chuck Brantigan look over #4 as Shannon Bain puts a fresh coat of paint on #4's tender (above). For 1 day, #4 sported white trim on her running boards until it was decided that all black looked better. Kathy Brantigan and Jerry Huck start a fire in #4's firebox for the first time in many years.
 Photos by Bill Kepner, Jason Midyette, Tim Bain, David Tompkins and Scott Brodie Californa

   Aug 11-19th , 2017


Como Turntable Installed

  
We were running out of time to have the turntable operating in time for this year's Boreas Pass Day but our contractor Jason Smith and his crew along with Bill Kazel put forth the effort and we had it turning a locomotive on Boreas Pass Day. "We hate turning the #4 for the very first time with an audience" but everything went well and the 1912 Baldwin locomotive was turned a few times during the day before finally being put to bed in the Roundhouse for the first time. ​
 
Using the New Turntable
for 1st Time  - Aug 2017
  Click Button above to see the new Como turntable being used for the first time
 
  We were running out of time to have the turntable operating for this year's Boreas Pass Railroad Day but our contractor Jason Smith pull his time together and got it operational just in time.
 
  In the late morning of Aug 19th, KMRy #4 became the first locomotive to be turned on the Como turntable in nearly 80 years (below). While the turntable is functioning, it’s not completed just yet. There is still some fine turning to do along with hand poles and planking to add. However, soon we will be getting closer and closer to have the two pictures to the right looking even more similar.  

 2018

  1885

 Photos by Tim Bain, David Tompkins,  Mike Pannell and the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club

   Aug 3 , 2017


Klondike Mines Locomotive #4's
Tender Arrives in Como

  
And the locomotive is not far behind.
With all the repairs completed up in Silver Plume, the tender was shipped down to Como today and off loaded onto the new trackage that has been built this spring. We still have some lettering to do to the tender but besides that, she is all ready to go.

The locomotive itself is still in Cheyenne being finished up by the Wasatch Shop. Most of their attention has been on the  mechanical condition of the locomotive but they did find time to put some new wood panels on the cab. She while be shipped down to Como and be reunited with her tender in about a week.
 
 Photos by Tim Bain, David Tompkins and  Mike Pannell


Loading in the tender were the turntable wheels (right) that were recently turned by the Silver Plume Shop Crew on the Georgetown Loop. Here they are (left) fresh off the lathe and ready to be attached to the turntable bridge.
    

Klondike #4 is very near completion with her new cab panels in place and her hew pilot beam completed.  To add a little bit authenticity, Klondike #4 will have installed an original Colorado & Southern locomotive whistle originally worn by C&S #74. The whistle’s current owner has been gracious enough to loan Klondike #4 this whistle for the day as she becomes the first steam locomotive to return to Como in 79 years.
    
   Aug 3 , 2017


Progresses for the Month of July

  
With most of this year's goal for track construction completed, the Como crew spent most of this month completing the track that are already in place including bringing in 3 more switch frogs from Breckenridge and reinstalling the old highway road crossing. Along with that we also got track installed in stall #5 of the roundhouse so the locomotive would have a home when she arrives.

Great progress was made on the turntable pit, ring rail and turntable center bearing installation.

The first piece of rolling stock has also arrived. Its a passenger gondola that once operated on the Georgetown Loop Railway and we hope to be using it to carry passenger in Como. However, because of high insurance cost, that will not be happening this year.

The locomotives tender has been completed and it will be shipped to Como on August 4, 2017. KMRy #4 is nearly completed and should be shipped in about a week.
    
If you would like to help support this work, please consider a tax deductible donation to the South Park Rail Society and The Como Project. Checks can be sent to:

South Park Rail Society
2253 N. Downing St.
Denver, CO 80205

Como Track Crew unloading 3 more switch frogs brought over from Breckenridge by DSP&P Historical Society
  
 Photos by Tim Bain, David Tompkins and
John Meixel


South Park Rail Society members working together with DSP&P Historical Soc. Volunteers to make room for locomotive inside the roundhouse. First we had to move the old DSP&P Ry Coach to a new location (right) followed by digging out a trench where we could install ties and rails in stall #5. (above and left)
  
​​The turntable pit was completed this month. We see the new ring rail ties going in place (top left). Shortly afterwards all the concrete work was completed (top right and right) followed by the placement of the new ring rail (left).
  
With the concrete work completed, it was time to install the turntable center bearing. A crane was brought in to move the center bearing into place (top left).

After cleaning all the roller bearings, Jerry Huck (SPRS President) is seen adding oil to the bearing (top right) and then together with Bill Wolfe of the Galloping Goose Historical Society of Dolores and Ethan of the SPRS they work together with to get the center cap back on the bearing (right).

Jerry Huck (SPRS) and Jeff Badger of the Georgetown Loop look over the recently completed tender in the Silver Plume Shop (left). Outside the shop, the repaired trailing truck is getting ready to be loaded up and taken to Cheyenne to be installed back on the locomotive (top). Special Thanks to  the Georgetown Loop RR Shop Crew for their work on the tailing truck.
  
The arrival of our first piece of rolling stock. Passenger gondola #1020 was originally converted to carry passengers on the Georgetown Loop Railway under Lindsey Ashby. We hope it will spend many more years carry passengers around the rebuilt Como railway yards; but it won’t be this year. Due to insurance costs, we will not be able to carry passenger this year in Como. However, as we have time to negotiate a better deal and lay some more track, we hope to be able to carry passengers in 2018.  

  June 30 , 2017


Track Building Progresses for June

  
The new track being being built in the Como railyard has been expanding all through the month of June. In total we have nearly 800 feet of track now laid. We still have about 100 ft to go to the turntable but we are holding back right now to allow room for the contractor to work on the new turntable pit. ​

If you would like to help support this work, please consider a tax deductible donation to the South Park Rail Society and The Como Project. Checks can be sent to:

South Park Rail Society
2253 N. Downing St.
Denver, CO 80205

Or you can make a donation through the online donations page by clicking the blue link below. 





Thank you everyone for your support of
The Como Project. ​​

Donate to the Como Project
  Photos by Dave Schaaf, Tim Bain, David Tompkins,
John Meixel and Daniel Sheffer

  June 19 , 2017


Progress Report on Locomotive #4

  
Repairs to KMRy #4 are progressing as well. The wheel set from the lead truck has been removed and sent off to have its wheels turned. A new pilot deck has been fabricated and installed. repairs to the equalization and the lead truck have been completed and reassembly has begun. the new liner has been installed in the smoke box and plumbing is under way. the last major components, An air pump and governor, have been purchased and are being repaired . We are very pleased with the work Wasatch Railroad Contractors is doing on the locomotive and we appreciate the craftmanship John and his crew are putting into the repairs.

All photos courtesy of Jeff Badger.

If you would like to help support this work, lease consider a tax deductible donation to the South Park Rail Society and The Como Project. Checks can be sent to:

South Park Rail Society
2253 N. Downing St.
Denver, CO 80205

Or you can make a donation through the online donations page by clicking the blue link below. 





Thank you everyone for your support of
The Como Project. ​​

  The new pilot deck under construction. The locomotive is receiving a new wooden pilot beam and front coupler pocket in addition to modifications to her "unique" pilot prior to leaving the Wasatch Railroad Contractors shop. ​​

Donate to the Como Project

A hazy view of the rebuilt equalization on the fireman's side. All the rods and brasses are being cleaned and inspected prior to re installation
Wasatch has located a serviceable air pump and a governor for #4 shown here being dismantled for cleaning and inspection
The Georgetown Loop Railroad shop is making progress on the tender. The crew has finished repairs to the brake cylinder, the tender drawbar and the relocating of the water hatch (right).

They have also installing the new coupler pocket on the rear of the tender (left). Jeff Badger and his crew are doing a fine job.
     June , 2017


Progress on Building the Track

  
We now have the first two work parties of the year behind us and we are making great progress on laying the track towards the turntable.

Here are a few pictures from the two work weekends. ​

​If you would like to join us for any of the work parties, please contact:

Bob Schoppe - rschoppe52@gmail.com  or call

 (303) 916-5137

Como Work Party Sessions Schedule:

27th May - Saturday Done

11th June - SundayDone

24th June - Saturday  Done

2nd July - Sunday Done

15th July - Saturday Done

30th July - Sunday
 Done

 ​​

  
Here we see the Como Crew building the track towards the Roundhouse. Followed by lunch served up in the dinning room of the Como Eating House. ​

  
Photos by David Tomkins,
Todd Hackett and Tim Bain

  
Here you can see the "turntable Lead" heading to the left and towards the roundhouse. Completing this track is our primary goal. However we also hope to have much of the "mainline" to the right completed this year as well.

  April  29, 2017


Narrow Gauge Preservation Society Offers Support to the Como Project

  
The South Park Rail Society is please to report that we have received the approval for a matching grant from the Narrow Gauge Preservation Society to be used for tools and locomotive maintenance equipment in the Como Roundhouse.

However, the Narrow Gauge Preservation Society would like to confirm that the Como Project has the support of the railfan community and that the project can generate interest from the general public. To confirm this, the grant is contingent on our ability to raise matching funds of $1,125 with individual donations. Since these are to be “grass roots” donations from interested members of the general public, institutional or corporate donations will not be accepted for matching purposes.

We are honored to receive the support of an organization like the Narrow Gauge Preservation Society and we would like to ask you to help us show them that the railfan community does have an interest in preserving the Denver South Park & Pacific’s 1881 stone roundhouse in Como, Colorado. Please consider a tax deductible donation to the South Park Rail Society and The Como Project. Checks can be sent to:

South Park Rail Society
2253 N. Downing St.
Denver, CO 80205

Please mark your donation “Roundhouse Matching”. The South Park Rail Society is a registered Colorado non-profit 501(c)(3) and as such all donations are tax deductible, and receipts can be provided.

Or you can make a donation through the online donations page by clicking the blue link below. 




Thank you everyone for your support of The Como Project. ​​

130 years ago, it was a common everyday occurrence to have people working on Steam Locomotives in the Como Roundhouse. With your help, we can make this a regular sight again.
Donate to the Como Project
  April  17, 2017


"Ring Rail" for Turntable Pit
Arrives in Como
Photos by David Tompkins

Today a load of brand new "Ring Rail" was delivered to Como and is now ready for installation in the tunrtable pit. This is in preparation for the installing of the turntable center bearing and bridge this summer.

This 40 lbs. rail was custom cut and bent by Harmer Steel Products of Oregon and was made possible Thanks to a generous donation from Mr. Bill Jones.

Bill has been very supportive towards the turntable project but he may be better known as the owner of the Silverton Northern Railway Depot in Silverton and also for operating the Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour near Howardsville, just up river from Silverton.

Click on the Old Hundred Logo below to learn more about Bill's Family's gold mine and how to arrange your tour.


  April  2, 2017


South Park Rail Society Awarded
Railway Heritage Grant

The National Railway Historical Society has announced that it has awarded a 2017 Railway Heritage Grant to the South Park Rail Society. The grant is one of a small number of nationwide awards given to museums and historical societies to assist with preservation of our nation's railroad history. The $1,000 award will go towards repairing the tender (seen right) of our 1912 Baldwin locomotive #4 and have her ready to be under steam this summer in Como.

We are honored to be selected to receive this grant by this prestigious organization. Click on the logo below to learn more about the National Railway Historical Society.
   March 20, 2017


More Track for Como

The first day of spring often brings new "beginings" to some and the same is true in the South Park. This day bought two semi trucks loaded with rails and ties to be used in the rebuilding of a portion of the old railyard here in Como.​

A "build your own railroad kit" arriving by truck in 2017 is probably not as dramatic as being able to watch the track slowly advancing towards Como in 1879 was, though it is perhaps more amazing. I doubt any of the passengers riding those last Denver to Leadville trains 80 years ago would believe that Como would ever have a railroad again, let alone the guys who tore out the track in the summer of 1938; but it is happening.

Thanks go to Jason Midyette of the South Park Rail Society and Bob Schoppe of the DSP&P Historical Society for organizing this move and a Special Thank You to everyone so far who has donated to the Go-Fund-Me campaign to raise the money to "Return Steam to Como". We still need your help but those first 22 people have really given us a great start.

We have six more work party sessions scheduled to build this track between the turntable and the Como Depot. If you would like to come out to Como and help for one or more of the Work Party Sessions, please contact:

Bob Schoppe - rschoppe52@gmail.com  or  (303) 916-5137

OR

David Tomkins - comodepot@gmail.com  or  (720) 386-1700

   March 20, 2017


More Track for Como

The first day of spring often brings new "beginings" to some and the same is true in the South Park. This day bought two semi trucks loaded with rails and ties to be used in the rebuilding of a portion of the old railyard here in Como.​

A "build your own railroad kit" arriving by truck in 2017 is probably not as dramatic as being able to watch the track slowly advancing towards Como in 1879 was, though it is perhaps more amazing. I doubt any of the passengers riding those last Denver to Leadville trains 80 years ago would believe that Como would ever have a railroad again, let alone the guys who tore out the track in the summer of 1938; but it is happening.

Thanks go to Jason Midyette of the South Park Rail Society and Bob Schoppe of the DSP&P Historical Society for organizing this move and a Special Thank You to everyone so far who has donated to the Go-Fund-Me campaign to raise the money to "Return Steam to Como". We still need your help but those first 22 people have really given us a great start.

We have six more work party sessions scheduled to build this track between the turntable and the Como Depot. If you would like to come out to Como and help for one or more of the Work Party Sessions, please contact:

Bob Schoppe - rschoppe52@gmail.com  or  (303) 916-5137

OR

David Tomkins - comodepot@gmail.com  or  (720) 386-1700

   March 20, 2017


More Track for Como

The first day of spring often brings new "beginings" to some and the same is true in the South Park. This day bought two semi trucks loaded with rails and ties to be used in the rebuilding of a portion of the old railyard here in Como.​

A "build your own railroad kit" arriving by truck in 2017 is probably not as dramatic as being able to watch the track slowly advancing towards Como in 1879 was, though it is perhaps more amazing. I doubt any of the passengers riding those last Denver to Leadville trains 80 years ago would believe that Como would ever have a railroad again, let alone the guys who tore out the track in the summer of 1938; but it is happening.

Thanks go to Jason Midyette of the South Park Rail Society and Bob Schoppe of the DSP&P Historical Society for organizing this move and a Special Thank You to everyone so far who has donated to the Go-Fund-Me campaign to raise the money to "Return Steam to Como". We still need your help but those first 22 people have really given us a great start.

We have six more work party sessions scheduled to build this track between the turntable and the Como Depot. If you would like to come out to Como and help for one or more of the Work Party Sessions, please contact:

Bob Schoppe - rschoppe52@gmail.com  or  (303) 916-5137

OR

David Tomkins - comodepot@gmail.com  or  (720) 386-1700

   March 20, 2017


More Track for Como

The first day of spring often brings new "beginings" to some and the same is true in the South Park. This day bought two semi trucks loaded with rails and ties to be used in the rebuilding of a portion of the old railyard here in Como.​

A "build your own railroad kit" arriving by truck in 2017 is probably not as dramatic as being able to watch the track slowly advancing towards Como in 1879 was, though it is perhaps more amazing. I doubt any of the passengers riding those last Denver to Leadville trains 80 years ago would believe that Como would ever have a railroad again, let alone the guys who tore out the track in the summer of 1938; but it is happening.

Thanks go to Jason Midyette of the South Park Rail Society and Bob Schoppe of the DSP&P Historical Society for organizing this move and a Special Thank You to everyone so far who has donated to the Go-Fund-Me campaign to raise the money to "Return Steam to Como". We still need your help but those first 22 people have really given us a great start.

We have six more work party sessions scheduled to build this track between the turntable and the Como Depot. If you would like to come out to Como and help for one or more of the Work Party Sessions, please contact:

Bob Schoppe - rschoppe52@gmail.com  or  (303) 916-5137

OR

David Tomkins - comodepot@gmail.com  or  (720) 386-1700

   March 20, 2017


More Track for Como

The first day of spring often brings new "beginings" to some and the same is true in the South Park. This day bought two semi trucks loaded with rails and ties to be used in the rebuilding of a portion of the old railyard here in Como.​

A "build your own railroad kit" arriving by truck in 2017 is probably not as dramatic as being able to watch the track slowly advancing towards Como in 1879 was, though it is perhaps more amazing. I doubt any of the passengers riding those last Denver to Leadville trains 80 years ago would believe that Como would ever have a railroad again, let alone the guys who tore out the track in the summer of 1938; but it is happening.

Thanks go to Jason Midyette of the South Park Rail Society and Bob Schoppe of the DSP&P Historical Society for organizing this move and a Special Thank You to everyone so far who has donated to the Go-Fund-Me campaign to raise the money to "Return Steam to Como". We still need your help but those first 22 people have really given us a great start.

We have six more work party sessions scheduled to build this track between the turntable and the Como Depot. If you would like to come out to Como and help for one or more of the Work Party Sessions, please contact:

Bob Schoppe - rschoppe52@gmail.com  or  (303) 916-5137

OR

David Tomkins - comodepot@gmail.com  or  (720) 386-1700

  
The South Park Crew for the day. Bob Schoppe – DSP&P President,
David Tomkins – Depot Hotel & Depot Owner, Kathy Brantigan, Jeff Ramsey, Jason Midyette – SPRS Director, Pat Mauro - DSP&P Director, Andrew Zimmerman, George Sole and Chuck Brantigan – SPRS Director (Taking Picture). Also present are three gentlemen that were hired to transport the rail. My apologies to them as I didn’t get their names.
  
Truck load of ties arrives at Como. Note the footings of the original water tank in the forground.
Truck load of ties arrives at Como. Note the footings of the original water tank in the forground.
   March 13, 2017


Como 2017 Work Party Sessions

The DSP&P Historical Society and the SPRS will be conducting work sessions in Como this year in the continuing effort to rebuild a portion of the DSP&P railyards. The schedule for the for the 2017 Work Sessions have been expanded this year in preparation of the arrival of Klondile No 4, the first steam locomotive to operate in the South Park for nearly 80 years.

We have 3 additional semi loads of track materials arriving in Como on the 20th of March which will more that get the existing track to the Turntable. However, we need your help to get this track built. If you would like to come out to Como and help out for one or more of the Work Party Sessions,

please contact:

Bob Schoppe - rschoppe52@gmail.com  or  (303) 916-5137

David Tomkins - comodepot@gmail.com  or  (720) 386-1700


Or you can contact us at:








Como Work Party Sessions Schedule:

27th May - Saturday

11th June - Sunday

24th June - Saturday

2nd July - Sunday

15th July - Saturday

30th July - Sunday


The Key tasks to be completed this year are:

- Straightening and ballasting rail laid last summer.
- Constructing old highway crossing by cross bucks.
- Completing spur line to turntable
- Continue laying main line from switch to the south.
- Treating Depot passenger platform
- Minor maintenance to Depot
- Minimal electric supply to Depot.    



   March 13, 2017


Como 2017 Work Party Sessions

The DSP&P Historical Society and the SPRS will be conducting work sessions in Como this year in the continuing effort to rebuild a portion of the DSP&P railyards. The schedule for the for the 2017 Work Sessions have been expanded this year in preparation of the arrival of Klondile No 4, the first steam locomotive to operate in the South Park for nearly 80 years.

We have 3 additional semi loads of track materials arriving in Como on the 20th of March which will more that get the existing track to the Turntable. However, we need your help to get this track built. If you would like to come out to Como and help out for one or more of the Work Party Sessions,

please contact:

Bob Schoppe - rschoppe52@gmail.com  or  (303) 916-5137

David Tomkins - comodepot@gmail.com  or  (720) 386-1700


Or you can contact us at:








Como Work Party Sessions Schedule:

27th May - Saturday

11th June - Sunday

24th June - Saturday

2nd July - Sunday

15th July - Saturday

30th July - Sunday


The Key tasks to be completed this year are:

- Straightening and ballasting rail laid last summer.
- Constructing old highway crossing by cross bucks.
- Completing spur line to turntable
- Continue laying main line from switch to the south.
- Treating Depot passenger platform
- Minor maintenance to Depot
- Minimal electric supply to Depot.    



   March 13, 2017


Como 2017 Work Party Sessions

The DSP&P Historical Society and the SPRS will be conducting work sessions in Como this year in the continuing effort to rebuild a portion of the DSP&P railyards. The schedule for the for the 2017 Work Sessions have been expanded this year in preparation of the arrival of Klondile No 4, the first steam locomotive to operate in the South Park for nearly 80 years.

We have 3 additional semi loads of track materials arriving in Como on the 20th of March which will more that get the existing track to the Turntable. However, we need your help to get this track built. If you would like to come out to Como and help out for one or more of the Work Party Sessions,

please contact:

Bob Schoppe - rschoppe52@gmail.com  or  (303) 916-5137

David Tomkins - comodepot@gmail.com  or  (720) 386-1700


Or you can contact us at:








Como Work Party Sessions Schedule:

27th May - Saturday

11th June - Sunday

24th June - Saturday

2nd July - Sunday

15th July - Saturday

30th July - Sunday


The Key tasks to be completed this year are:

- Straightening and ballasting rail laid last summer.
- Constructing old highway crossing by cross bucks.
- Completing spur line to turntable
- Continue laying main line from switch to the south.
- Treating Depot passenger platform
- Minor maintenance to Depot
- Minimal electric supply to Depot.    



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February 22, 2017
 
The new locomotive for Como arrives at the Wasatch Shop to begin the repairs needed before #4 is ready for operations at Como. Many people have noticed that #4 is missing her trailing truck at the moment. The trailing truck is currently still at Silver Plume and will be moved down to Como shortly where it will go back on Klondike #4. However, this may not happen before this summer.

Considering the limited amount of operating planned for this summer, it was felt that the trailing truck could wait until the funding had been raised to cast new “spoked” wheels to match the lead truck. Also, most of this work could be completed in Como and we wanted Mr. Lee and the Wasatch Team to focus on the things we are not currently set up for to do ourselves in the Como roundhouse like creating the new grates that are needed to convert Klondike #4 back to burning wood.

The plan is to have #4 running three weekends this summer. However, her "complete" restoration will take a little longer as it is limited by funding. If you would like to help with Klondike #4’s restoration efforts, please consider a donation to the project at:
 Link to Return Steam To Como
​​  Klondike #4 is being guided into the Cheyenne repair shop by Steve Lee on the forklift
​​  Klondike #4 is being guided into the Cheyenne repair shop by Steve Lee on the forklift
​​  Klondike #4 seen traveling north on Highway 25 near Loveland on February 22nd
Photo from Brian Mudloff
February 21, 2017

The South Park Rail Society is pleased to report that the locomotive that will soon call Como its new home was loaded on a truck this morning and prepared for her move to the Wasatch Railroad repair shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Once the minor repairs are completed, Klondike #4 will be moved to her new permanent home in Como, Colorado.

​​  Klondike #4 emerges from the Railcar Display building at Silver Plume, Colorado
  
​​  Georgetown Loop Operations Manager, Jeff Badger dressed in black makes a last check on Klondike #4 (right) before she departs to Cheyenne, Wyoming (above).

The South Park Rail Society owe a lot of Thanks to Mr. Badger and also  to Mark Greybill of Historic Rail Adventures for helping to make #4’s transfer to Como a reality. Without their support for the “Como Project” there was a very good chance that Klondike #4 would not being staying in Colorado.  
  February 20, 2017
  
The South Park Rail Society is pleased to report the completion of a deal that will see ex-Klondike Mines Railway #4 moved out of Silver Plume, Colorado and down to the old Denver, South Park & Pacific Railway roundhouse in Como, Colorado where she will be used in limited, weekend operations.

This locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1912 for the Klondike Mines Railway that operating in the Klondike region of The Yukon Territory of Canada. Construction on the KMRy began in 1905 and the railway reached a distance of 30.8 miles towards the southeast of the docks in Dawson City.
 
The railway operated with three second hand locomotive obtained from the White Pass & Yukon railway but in December 1911, the railway placed an order for a brand new locomotive.  This new locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1912 and giving the number 4. She would work for two years in the Territory to service the extensive gold mining claims along Bonanza Creek near Dawson City which was the center of the famous Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.
 
Klondike #4 worked out of Dawson City and nearby Klondike City until the railway was closed down in 1913; never to reopen again. Klondike #4 sat forgotten in the old Klondike City engine house along the Yukon River for 29 years.

However, with the outbreak of World War II, the nearly new Klondike #4 was shipped south by steamboat to be used on the famed White Pass & Yukon Railway where she operated until 1952 when it was retired and put on display in Skagway, Alaska.

In 1955, a Milwaukee railfan named Mike Molitar bought the locomotive and had it moved to a proposed tourist railroad named the Oak Creek Central in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The park never materialized and the locomotive was later moved to Waterford, Wisconsin in 1960 for operation at the Peppermint & North Western tourist railroad. There it ran for only one summer in 1962 and in 1965 it was purchased and shipped to a carnival operation in Seiverville, Tennessee called the Petticoat Junction Railroad. The locomotive was given the grand sounding name of the “Hooterville Cannonball”. However, the operation lasted only 3 days before closing.

In 1969 Klondike #4 was again sold to Denny Hilton and moved to Osage Beach, Missouri and operated on the Gold Nugget Junction Railroad. There she ran until 1979 when it was sidelined for repairs and placed on display until the park closed in 1980. Four years later the complete railroad including  Klondike #4 was sold to Mr. Steve Wild for his proposed game farm in El Reno, Oklahoma. Unfortunately the venture never materialised and Klondike #4 sat in a field for 20 years until it was purchased by the Dry Gulch USA Church Camp in 2005 and was moved to their facility near Adair, Oklahoma.

Dry Gulch started a full restoration of Klondike #4 and had the work completed to the point where it was steamed up and test run on their railway. However, the work was never fully completed because the Camp’s managers started to believe the locomotive was too big and heavy for their railway. So, in October of 2015, Klondike #4 was sold once again and moved to the Georgetown Loop Railway in Colorado.

Klondike #4 has had spent a long time trying to find a new home since she left the Yukon Territories in 1942. However, we know that this summer she will be happy to call the Como Roundhouse her new home for many years to come. 
Klondike #4 switching the docks in Dawson City
Skagway, Alaska while running on the White Pass & Yukon Railway
Photo by J.D. True
Heading to Wisconsin in 1955
January 21, 2017

​Today, the South Park Rail Society officially launches its funding page in an effort to raise funds that would help with the repair and transportation of its newly acquired locomotive to Como. Linked below.

The plan is to have the locomotive steamed up in Como during Park County's 22nd Annual Boreas Pass Railroad Day set for August 19th, depending on funding. If this event goes well, then we are considering having the locomotive steamed up again two weeks later while the 37th National Narrow Gauge Convention is being held in nearby Denver. We will be releasing more details as they develop.

Thank you everyone for your support of The Como Project. ​​
​​ This Picture shows a C&S steam locomotive on the Como  turntable in 1900. Soon, we will be able to repeat this view  when our steam locomotive arrives in Como this summer. ​​
 Link to Return Steam To Como
December 20, 2016

Thanks to the efforts of our director, Jason Midyette, we have another 1200' of track ready to be moved to Como in the spring. Jason has had the rail, currently in Boulder pulled and ready for loading. With the help of one of our members, Scott Slinker, the rail along with about another 310 ties will be moved to Como early this spring.

If you would like to help with the Como track building, contact Bob Schoppe at dspphs@gmail.com. We can always use a few extra hands.


  November 4, 2016

South Park Rail Society secures the first piece of "passenger" rolling stock destined for Como. Passenger gondola #1020 is an ex-D&RGW car that was converted to carry passengers on the Georgetown Loop Railway. After being replaced with more durable steel passenger cars, the #1020 became available and through the efforts of SPRS director Jason Midyette, it will be heading to Como.

The car is not historic to Como but it will be useful for carrying passengers around the future rebuilt Como railyard. Look for its arrival in the spring of 2017.