CHEYENNE DEPOT DAYS, HELL ON WHEELS & AMTRAK

Depot Days are set to take place again this May 20th and 21st at the Cheyenne Depot in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This annual event at the historic train station includes exhibits, access to the Union Pacific roundhouse and steam shop, and vendors. A special trolley, running every 20 minutes, will take visitors to and from all…

COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM BEHIND-THE-SCENES LIBRARY TOUR

The Colorado Railroad Museum, located in Golden, will give a behind-the-scenes tour of its library on Saturday, April 22nd. “Treasures from the Library” is a one-and-a-half hour look at some of the Museum’s most cherished acquisitions. The tour will be led by the Museum’s Curator of Collections, Stephanie Gilmore. The Robert W. Richardson Railroad Library…

WEEKEND RAILROADERS – DOCUMENTARY FILM ON SPEEDERS

One interesting film made about railroad speeder culture is Weekend Railroaders, released in 2013 on Blu-Ray and DVD. A speeder, sometimes called a railway motor car, is a motorized rail vehicle that was used by railroads to inspect track and move work crews between locations. While not fast in comparison to a regular train, the…

MUSIC FOR THE ACR – FUNDRAISER FOR ALGOMA PASSENGER TRAIN

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) has announced a major fundraising event toward re-starting passenger rail service on the Algoma Central Railway. On April 6th, celebrated Canadian folksinger Ian Tamblyn will perform at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Money raised will support efforts by Missanabie Cree First Nation…

COLORADO FRONT RANGE PASSENGER RAIL – NEXT STEPS

The state of Colorado has taken an important recent step toward the return of passenger rail along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. On February 23rd, the state Senate approved a bill to continue the mandate of the Southwest Chief Commission to maintain & expand passenger service in the south of Colorado, while expanding…

WESTERN VIDEO GAME FLASHBACK – OUTLAWS (1997)

In the year of the coming Red Dead Redemption 2, it is worth flashing back to a major touchstone in the Western video game genre, one marking its 20th anniversary, LucasArts’ Outlaws (1997). Released for PC (personal computer) platform, Outlaws is a “first-person shooter” in which players experience the game thru the eyes of the…