Galloping Goose stars in PBS special tonight

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 5:44 PM
The Galloping Goose makes its way toward Cumbres Pass during a fall trip.
The Galloping Goose No. 5 made a popular winter run on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad in February.

The Galloping Goose rail bus era in Southwest Colorado will be featured on Rocky Mountain PBS’s “Colorado Experience” on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Seven Galloping Geese ran on the Rio Grande Southern Railroad from 1931 to 1952. They carried cargo, mail, and passengers between Dolores, Telluride and Ridgway. The documentary will feature their mechanical and weather-related adventures, how they have been preserved, and why they attract visitors from around the world.

“A lot of the filming and interviewing was done during one of our Goose tours in Chama, New Mexico,” said Joe Becker, motorman with the Galloping Goose Historical Society, in Dolores.

The restored Galloping Goose No. 5 is stationed in Dolores in front of a railroad museum.