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No. 2 eastbound in Byers Canyon over the bed of an old wagon road around 1906, photo courtesy of Kalmbach Books

 

Museum kickoff project - 1905 Passenger Car restoration

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In the Magazines

"Scandal in Gore Canyon" by Cyndi McCoy
David Moffat's struggles with UP's Harriman
- Read the article published in Grand County Living Magazine, Summer 2010 issue

In the News

"Granby railroad museum work day set for June 11"
Carpenters, painters, metal workers — young and old — all are welcome to help build a lasting heritage in Grand County. The Moffat Road Railroad Museum and the Grand County Model Railroad Club invite all who are interested to a work party at the railroad museum site next to Kaibab Ball Fields in Granby. The work party takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

The club will be working on the 1910 hand cart shed /dispatchers office and on the 1923 U.P. CA-1 class caboose. Restoration of these two museum pieces has become a club priority this summer. Drinks and hot dogs for lunch will be provided. Call Dave Naples at 970-281-9094 for information.
- article published in the Sky Hi Daily News, June 10, 2011, Grand County, CO



"Railroad club seeks info on shed"
by Reid Armstrong
The Moffat Railroad Museum is looking for information about a shed it recently moved from Hot Sulphur Springs to its new museum site in Granby.

"I know it's an original railroad building," said Dave Naples, museum board president. "But, I don't know what it was used for and I don't know when it was built."

The floor of the shed is inlaid with two sets of standard gauge railroad track.

Naples said he estimates the building was constructed sometime between 1909 to 1913 when the Hot Sulphur yards were first put in use. He knows the shed was in use there in the 1930s and 40s until the yards in Tabernash made the Hot Sulphur yards obsolete. It was moved in 1953 to William S. Hite's property who used as a butcher shop warehouse until the late 60s.

The Hite property was later purchased by the Ackerson family and eventually ended up in the hands of Grand Mountain Bank, who planned to tear down the old shed. Several members of the Grand County Historical Association alerted Naples to the building's existence and pending doom. Naples got a quit claim deed from the bank and Paul MacDonald of Sky Crane helped move the building onto its new foundation near Kaibab Park.

The building is well-constructed, Naples said, and the museum will use it as a workshop during the remodel of its caboose.

To provide any historical information about this building, contact Naples at 970-281-9094.
- article published in the Sky Hi Daily News, May 18, 2011, Grand County, CO



"Railroad club restores U.P. caboose"
GRANBY — The Moffat Road Railroad Museum project will be receiving its first piece of railroad equipment — the last part of a train.

Organizers of Granby's railroad museum project, the nonprofit Grand County Model Railroad Club members, say a caboose is travelling via truck from Falls City, Neb. by the beginning of October.

The caboose is planned to be situated at the Railroad Interpretive Park next to the Kaibab ballfields in Granby, the location where the railroad museum building is planned to be built.

The caboose was donated to the Grand County Model Railroad Club from the Lonie Bahr family in Falls City, Nebraska.

John Disher who moves railroad equipment for the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, will be transporting the caboose to Granby.

The caboose is a 1923 Class CA-1 off-set cupola, all wood Union Pacific caboose. “It is very rare to find an all wood caboose in as excellent condition as this one is, and the caboose has not been modified,” said Dave Naples, president of the Grand County Model Railroad Club. “We have already done the research on this caboose and know that it is a correct caboose number built by the Mt. Vernon Car Company in May of 1923 with the original number of 2655 — renovated in December of 1963 and retired in September if ‘67.”

The caboose is the only one of 175 made fron 1913 to 1924, according to Naples.

“Very few are left,” he said.

Since the caboose does not have any trucks (wheels), the Club currently is researching where to locate some.

The caboose will also require some other restoration touches, “so time, money and materials are needed by the Club,” Naples said.
- article published in the Sky Hi Daily News, Vol. 3, No. 123, September 24, 2010, Grand County, CO



"Granby railroad museum fundraising gets on track"
by Drew Munro
First step is to raise funds to bring historic railcar to Grand County
GRANBY — The fundraising effort to develop a regional railroad museum in Granby has left the station.

Backers of the 8,000-square-foot Moffat Road Railroad Museum have established a five-phase plan for bringing the project to fruition. At build-out, they envision a two-story museum just west of the Kaibab Park ball fields and south of the railroad tracks downtown.

Modeled after a 1920s two-stall engine house, the museum would feature interpretive displays about the Moffat Road, the name of the rail line that ran from Denver to Craig in the early 20th century, with a locomotive, caboose and other railroad cars outside. The second floor would house a 4,000-square-foot HO scale model of the Moffat Road.

“It will be one of the five largest (model railroads) in Colorado,” said Dave Naples, president of the Grand County Model Railroad Club, which is the driving force behind the museum.

30-year lease
The .74-acre museum site is owned by the Town of Granby, which has agreed to lease it to the club for $10 per year for 30 years, Naples said.

“We've already paid our lease,” he said with a smile.

The town has agreed to pave the lot at the site as well, said Town Manager Wally Baird, but only if and when the road on the south side of the tracks through town is paved. That project is not in any current capital improvement plans and could be a long way off, he said.

The town's commitment to the lease, however, is an indication that town officials see “quite a bit of value” in the project, he said.

“We see it as something that has the potential to really become a tourist attraction,” Baird said.

Baird said the town is in the planning stages of trying to develop a pedestrian overpass from Agate Avenue into that area, which is home to the ball fields, the park, a rest area, a foot bridge over the Fraser River and public fishing access.

“This development (the museum) is another step toward improving that whole area,” Baird said.

He said he also expects the Kaibab area to be one of the focal points in a new parks master plan the town is developing.

...Continue reading the full story from skyhidailynews.com:
- article published in the Sky Hi Daily News, Vol. 3, No. 76, April 14, 2010 issue, Grand County, CO

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Once funding is in place for construction, the Moffat Road Railroad Museum will be built and operated by the Grand County Model Railroad Club, a 501(c)(3) Colorado not-for-profit corporation. You can become a member of the Grand County Model Railroad Club and help the Club accomplish different goals. Visit the Model Railroad Club page for more information about the club, how to join, newsletters, and more.

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