The Friends of Locomotive 169

The Friends of Locomotive 169 The Friends of Locomotive 169 is an organization dedicated to the preservation and future operation of this historic Denver & Rio Grande steam locomotive.

01/04/2014

NOTE: Effective Monday, January 6, 2014, this page will be the responsibility of a new Administrator.

For additional information please contact '[email protected]', or call 866-970-3540.

Thank you.

09/03/2013

Welcome to Adam Pinales and Pete Maxfield!

Contact us if you'd like to get involved; we've got a lot of work to do and every volunteer helps!

07/20/2013

Volunteer Week #3:

This week we continued lettering the locomotive and tender, measured the steam cylinder bores (with help from J.R. from Van's machine shop!), removed the left-hand and right-hand side rods, and performed other mechanical work.

We definitely had visitors, and we all took time to explain what we were doing, answer questions, and recruit future members to the Friends of the 169.

We’ll be open for the Early Iron Festival on Labor Day Weekend and for Holiday Lights, and Volunteer Days are still the first Saturday of the month.

See you at the pavilion!!

07/15/2013

A reminder that today starts Volunteer Week #3!

We'll be at the Cole Park pavilion 8:00am - 4:00pm, and hope to see you there!

Rod lettering '169' on the fireman's side of the cab. (Note:  Should be the first photo in this series.)
07/07/2013

Rod lettering '169' on the fireman's side of the cab. (Note: Should be the first photo in this series.)

2013 Volunteer Week #1
05/20/2013

2013 Volunteer Week #1

05/20/2013

We had a very good week during Volunteer Week #1.

The sander pipes were removed, paint was cleaned from both main rods, and deburring started on the stencils. The three remaining front truck cellars were removed and the journals look very, very good.

A lot of the Stephenson valve gear was removed - two support links and all four eccentric arms were marked, removed, photographed, and reassembled outside the locomotive.

We have a Volunteer Day scheduled for Saturday, June 1st, and our next Volunteer Week is June 10-14.

Hope to see you there!

The Friends of Locomotive 169
05/12/2013

The Friends of Locomotive 169

05/11/2013

It was another good Volunteer Day on the 169.

With Lee Conner, Ellen Dodds, Rod Holloway, Dustin Southway, and Jim Poston, we unloaded the main rods, considered options for lighting the headlight, opened the inspection pit, displayed the locomotive's brake rigging outside the tender, and took pictures, pictures, and more pictures!

Remember - out first Volunteer Week for 2013 begins this Monday, May 13, and all Friends and future Friends are invited to attend.

Volunteer Day - May 4, 2013
05/11/2013

Volunteer Day - May 4, 2013

04/18/2013

We had another good Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Four of us were on site and got a lot of work done -- see the photos for what we were up to!

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for our Volunteer Weeks! Starting May 13th, we'll be working on the locomotive, tender, and Business Car 'B-1'.

Photos of our 2013 Volunteer Days on the first Saturday of each month.
04/18/2013

Photos of our 2013 Volunteer Days on the first Saturday of each month.

04/05/2013

New event: Volunteer Day at the Cole Park Pavilion, Alamosa, CO. We start at 10am, but it's OK if you get there a little earlier. We'll be taking a look at brake parts, continuing preparations for our 2013 Volunteer Weeks (the Weeks start May 13, 2013), and taking measurements for this year's Holiday Lights.

03/21/2013

We are back for 2013 and beyond, and we have some pretty good events coming up - including 'hands-on' work for the summer.

As usual, we have our Volunteer Days on the first Saturday of each month - April's taking place on the 6th starting at 10AM.

For the summer, our Volunteer Weeks are May 10-17, June 10-14, and July 15-19. These run Monday through Friday, and we'll still have our Volunteer Days at the beginning of each month.

(Remember, you must be a member of the Friends of the 169 to participate in our Volunteer events, but it's really easy to join!)

11/27/2012

We hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome to our newest Facebook friend, Matthew Gustafson, and we look to add many more.

With 2012 winding down, our last Volunteer Day will be Saturday, December 1, at the Cole Park Pavilion. The holiday lights have been installed on the train, so we'll step lightly as we take care of our end-of-the-year projects.

Pictures to follow, and be sure to visit us at www.friendsof169.com.

10/30/2012

Welcome to the newest members of our page. We appreciate your interest in the 169 project and hope to see you at the Cole Park pavilion very soon.

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A new month starts this Thursday, which means our next Volunteer Day is Saturday, November 3rd at 10:00am. We plan on reinstalling the engineer's side handrail, removing more of the front truck grease cellars, buttoning up for the winter, and, of course, continuing the 'nickel tours' for all our visitors.

The Saturday forecast is highs in the mid-50's, but since the pavilion can be pretty chilly, please dress warmly!

09/26/2012

The Friends of Locomotive 169 has a new website at www.friendsof169.com.

The site is undergoing re-construction (updates, counter, etc.), but you'll find most of the earlier content at our new location.

In other news:

-the Board elected on September 14, 2012 is:

President - Chuck Proudfoot
Vice-President - Jack Damrath
Treasurer - Lee Conner
Secretary - Jim Poston
Board Member - Melody Johnson

-the next Volunteer Day is Saturday, October 6th at the Pavilion.

08/27/2012

August 27, 2012 - We're still working on our website issues, but we'll have the Cole Park Pavilion open for this weekend's 'Early Iron' event.

Leave a little time on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to stop by, look around, and let's talk trains!

08/24/2012

Website update: We're still having problems with the Friends' website and have contacted the various internet providers.

It may take a little time to get things resolved, but be assured - we're working on it!

Welcome to our three newest friends and to the people that 'Liked' us, too.We had a good Week #3 of our Volunteer Week s...
08/16/2012
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Welcome to our three newest friends and to the people that 'Liked' us, too.

We had a good Week #3 of our Volunteer Week schedule, and look forward to doing more of the same - and the same, but more! - next year.

There appears to be a problem with updating our regular website. www.friendsof169.org is not allowing us to write about our recent activity, so, for now, the Friends page is going to be a little dormant.

However, if you're a member of the Friends you'll soon be getting our newsletter, and we'll definitely have the latest provided there.

Thanks for reading!

Check out http://friendsof169.org!

07/10/2012

During Volunteer Week #2, we worked on cab floorboards, brake rigging, and performed other work during our five days at the pavilion.

Coming up: Volunteer Week #3 from July 16-20, 2012.

Thanks to the newest Facebook friends who recently 'liked' us.In the past several weeks the Friends of Locomotive 169 he...
06/05/2012
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Thanks to the newest Facebook friends who recently 'liked' us.

In the past several weeks the Friends of Locomotive 169 held a Volunteer Week, a Volunteer Day (actually two days on June 2nd and 3rd), and opened the Cole Park Pavilion to visitors during Alamosa's 'Summerfest on the Rio'.

Coming up is Volunteer Week #2 on June 11-15, 2012, and we'll have a display at the 'Rally in the Valley' in Monte Vista (CO) Ski Hi Park on June 15th and 16th.

For the latest news be sure to visit our website at www.friendsof169.org.

Check out http://friendsof169.org!

05/11/2012

The Friends of the 169 had a good meeting with the Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation last night (May 10, 2012). Our presentation generated a number of questions from the ACEDC - all of them good - and we look forward to more accomplishments on the locomotive.

The Friends of Locomotive 169's cover photo
05/06/2012

The Friends of Locomotive 169's cover photo

Business Car B-1 (nee 'Bovincia') built in 1880 by the Jackson & Sharp Car Company.
05/06/2012

Business Car B-1 (nee 'Bovincia') built in 1880 by the Jackson & Sharp Car Company.

Timeline Photos
05/06/2012

Timeline Photos

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PO Box 1691
Alamosa, CO
81101-1691

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