Rail-car fans may make tracks to valley | AspenTimes.com

Rail-car fans may make tracks to valley

Motorized rail-car enthusiasts would like to run their cars on the railroad tracks between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.Gus Mocilac of Colorado Springs, a member of the North America Railcar Operators Association, recently appeared before the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority board of directors to pitch the idea.RFTA now controls the rail corridor; the authority’s board of directors invited Mocilac to return with a formal proposal.The rail-car group has 27 members in Colorado and about 3,000 nationally, according to Mocilac.”I could bring a lot of people out here, basically on a monthly basis,” he said. “I tell you folks, it’s an absolute blast to get on the railroad tracks and see Colorado.”Individuals acquire the gas-powered cars from railroad lines and run them on abandoned lines, according to Mocilac. Often, the cars are quite old.”We’re preserving a little bit of railroad history, too,” he said.Jan Girardot, president of the western Colorado chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in Glenwood Springs, joined Mocilac in approaching the RFTA board.The chapter owns two former Union Pacific motorized rail cars – one is on display at its museum in the Glenwood railroad depot, and the other has been run several times on the stretch of track up to Carbondale, he said.

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