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23rd Annual Boreas Pass Railroad Day, Aug. 18, 2018

Como - Boreas Pass - Breckenridge

The circa 1870's Pacific Express Baggage Cart looks out on a South Park view that has changed very little over the past 135+ years. Photo by Bob Schoppe
Boxcar 608's trucks, flatcar 6770, gondola 1267 and C&S gondola 4319 sit on 2 radial tracks that were once inside the wooden portion of the roundhouse. Photo by Bob Schoppe
Posing with Klondike Kate on the turntable are (L-R) Kathy Brantigan, the Denver Brass and the Celtic Colorado Pipes and Drums. Photo by Kor Elzenga
Young and old enjoyed ice cream and model trains at the Como Mercantile. Photo by Kor Elzenga
The next generation of model railroaders operated layouts in front of the Como Mercantile. Photo by Kor Elzenga
Displays and a reenactor shared the history of Robert's Cabin, Peabody, Tarryall, and Hamilton. Photo by Kor Elzenga
A large crowd enjoyed the Roundhouse concert. Photo by Bob Schoppe
The speeder gave many rides on the "Old Gunnison Main". Photo by Bob Schoppe
Jason Midyette and crew cross "old Colorado Highway 8" on the Gunnison Main. Photo by Bob Schoppe
The old Fairplay Flume printing press ran for the day. Photo by Bob Schoppe
Many guests got to spin Klondike Kate on the turntable. Photo by Bob Schoppe

Boreas Pass Railroad Day 2018 was a great success with the largest attendance ever! This despite the fact that a serious defect was discovered in the engine which grounded it for the day. The problem requires a service pit to fix and that is our next priority as we complete the track into stall 3. The engine will be fully functional in time for next season. We did take it out onto the turntable for all to see and listen to the whistle and folks (and kids!) took turns spinning her on the turntable.

The day started out with high winds and cold temps but gradually warmed up throughout the day. Flapjacks were served at the Boreas Pass section house by the Forest Service. Rides were given on both the speeder and the handcar and the recent additions to the rolling stock were on display. The highlight of the day was the 2pm concert by the Denver Brass and the Celtic Colorado Pipes and Drums in the roundhouse. The 90 minute concert was magical and thoroughly enjoyed by all—and they plan to come back again next year!

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