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Welcome to our web site and we hope everyone has good and safe time on the rails!

ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE!

The meeting will be Saturday Nov 11, 2017 at the home of John & Donna Spiro. Address 11485 Dallas Rd Peyton CO 80831 starting around 12:00 pm. Lunch will start at 12:30 with the meeting to follow. The luncheon will be free to all members & paid for out of the RMD treasury. The menu will include sloppy joe’s, several salads, desert items & hot & cold soft drinks. No one need to bring anything, just themselves. Please RSVP to John Spiro by e-mail or phone. Several board seats terms are up for election & an email will be forthcoming about an election if needed. Thanks,

                                                        John Spiro
                                                       e-mail gscaler@centurylink.net
                                                       Phone # 719 495-1943 

Reminder:  RMD membership fees ($15/person) are now due and may be sent to Secretary/Treasurer John Spiro  •  11485 Dallas Rd.   •   Peyton, CO  80831

2017 season excursions are posting! Click on “Excursions” above, or click on an event in the sidebar calendar at right.

What are those little cars on the railroad track?

The proper name of this vehicle is a Railway Motorcar. It is also known as a “track inspection car”, “railcar”, “track car” and “putt-putt” (for the noise the early one-cylinder two-cycle motors made).

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The motorcar was used for inspection and light maintenance of track and signals maintenance. Inspection and section-gang type motorcars weigh as little as 600 lbs. while gang cars can weigh up to 4500 pounds or more.

Speeders at Wasson on CB

Now railroads are using highway vehicles that have been adapted to run on rail, called hi-rails, in place of the motorcar.  So, many motorcars have been sold as surplus, ending up in the hands of hobbyists such as the members of the Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) of NARCOA.  NARCOA (North American Rail Car Operators Association) is our national organization, which can be visited here.