I've been on vacation in Denver for the past two weeks, which is why blog traffic has been down. But we've got several things to share, so stay tuned!
Colorado Springs, at the foot of Pike's Peak, is the home of the Pike's Peak Historical Trolley group. They have a collection of equipment and displays that was well worth the visit. It's based in the remaining four stalls of the Rock Island roundhouse, which is now in the middle of an industrial park, so space is limited. Three cars undergoing restoration are housed inside, and the rest are outside.
The group's eventual goal is to develop a heritage trolley line downtown, as seen below, and so a number of SEPTA PCC's have been acquired, along with a dozen standard-gauge trucks from the CTA. Only the one seen above is operational, and it can run only over about 500' of track, but that's better than nothing!
Inside the roundhouse, there are displays and models of several sorts. The price of admission gets you an extended guided tour of the whole facility, which was very interesting.
Most of the preserved cars from the Denver area are basically ex-chicken coops, which need a lot of work. Two of them are inside the roundhouse and are being restored.
This is CS&I car 59, built by LaClede in 1901, and undergoing a complete rebuilding. Glenn Roberts, an expert woodworker, gave us a thorough explanation of what has been done to make this car almost as good as new. In the crowded shop, good photography is difficult.
And this is CS&I 48, a 1901 Brill convertible. It's up next. (By the way, the tour guide quoted some statistics from "the Bradford streetcar website" to point out how historic this car is. I didn't bother to mention that I happen to know the guys responsible for that site...)
And this is actually Fort Collins #22, but it was relettered for various reasons in the past. It's nearing completion; the controllers are on hand, they say, and will be installed as time permits.
One of the more interesting items is a Los Angeles PCC, still on its 42" gauge trucks. How it got here is a long story.