The National Narrow Gauge Convention this year is in Denver August 29th through September 2nd. Although many members will be attending/hosting the convention, the Denver, South Park and Pacific Historical Society hopes to have at least one Como building, depot or roundhouse, open on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd. Currently there are no plans to operate the steam locomotive. The locomotive is planned to operate for Boreas Pass Railroad Day on Saturday, August 19th. As plans for the convention become more firm this thread will be updated.
You need a "critical mass" of historical equipment to make a successful tourist destination. Extending tracks to the wye is a must. East Broadtop has a couple of dozen rotting 3 foot hoppers. Hopefully you can get at least one passenger car on lease from a museum with a large collection. It would pay to put in a small dirt airstrip and windsock in those wide open spaces.
My wife and I Vacation in Buena Vista every Year. Next time, we will drive over to Como by way of the Ice Cream shop in Fairplay and check out what you have done.
I think we were surprised by how much effort was required to lay the track we have. Working at 9800' altitude is tough! The main problem is driving spikes by hand. We're looking at other ways to get that done. Going to the wye involves building a small bridge/trestle and dealing with a washout. Hopefully visitors to Boreas Pass Railroad Day and those from the convention will get us needed attention and support.
The Law's Railroad museum has many three-foot gauge cars rotting away in need of restoration. They are in desperate need of paint and TLC. Loss of 2 or 3 would not affect their museum operation. It would pay to ask them to de-acession one or two for Como.
Tommy, I passed along your information to the society president. Thank you.
David, Boreas Pass Railroad Day is this coming Saturday and I plan to be there and will take many pictures. The steam locomotive is supposed to arrive tomorrow, Tuesday, and hopefully the turntable lead will be connected to the turntable also on Tuesday. Of course I will add the pictures here.
I'll ask the same question here that I asked over on Trainorder.com; why are there no bogies on either end of the turntable bridge? Someone then posted something about installing the bogies later. That means that the turntable bridge will have to be lifted again by crane.
At any rate, they are making excellent progress.
Jack, The rebuilt turntable bogies arrived in the fuel space in the tender. They need to be mounted on the bridge which will be placed with the crane like you said. The locomotive is supposed to arrive tomorrow, Tuesday.
Wow it's Leighton! Looking good