Western Railway Preservaton Society

- Rio Grande Southern #252 Restoration -

Rio Grande Southern Passenger Car #252

Help Restore Rio Grande Southern Passenger Car #252!

The Western Railway Preservation Society has undertaken a project to protect and restore Rio Grande Southern Railroad passenger coach #252. This narrow gauge passenger coach was built in 1880 by Jackson & Sharp Car Company for the Denver & Rio Grande Railway. Eleven years later in 1891, it was sold to the new Rio Grande Southern Railway that was being built by Otto Mears in the San Juan Mountains of south western Colorado. This coach was to spend the next 40 years carrying passengers, prospectors and miners between Colorado mining towns like Telluride, Rico and Ridgeway.

In 1931, the Rio Grande Southern replaced their passenger trains with the now famous, Galloping Geese rail buses so passenger coach #252 was put into work train service and used for workmen accommodations. By 1952, the Rio Grande Southern was abandoned and Coach No. 252 was one to be one of the last cars over the line when it was used in the dismantling operations.

With the Rio Grande Southern Railway now gone, coach #252 was sold off and converted into a summer cabin on the shores of Trout Lake, Colorado. There it sat until 1999 when it was purchased by Mr. Don Shank who had it moved to Durango, Colorado and later to Monte Vista. Don has entrusted us to take good care of this priceless piece of Rio Grande Southern history so our long term goal is a historically correct restoration of this passenger coach to a point that will preserve the historical integrity of this artifact and allow limited operation.

If you would like to make a donation towards the restoration of RGS #252, please mark your donation “RGS 252 project”.

Thank you for your support.

Western Railway Preservation Society

PO Box 1112

Baker City, OR 97814

Rio Grande Southern Passenger Car #252

Rio Grande Southern Passenger Car #252