Rail Writer Leaves a Legacy

By Ann Klaiman

Author Doris Osterwald, best known for her guides to Colorado’s tourist trains, passed away March 27, 2014, two days before her 93rd birthday. In 1965, Osterwald published Cinders and Smoke, A Mile by Mile by Mile Guide for the Durango and Silverton Railroad, and it quickly set a standard for pleasing passengers from casual tourists to true train aficionados. It’s now in its eighth edition and was the first publication of Western Guideways, Ltd., founded by Osterwald and her husband, Frank – a savvy move at a time when self-publishing was known, disparagingly, as “vanity press.” Other Mile by Mile guides followed, including Highline to Leadville (Leadville & Colorado Southern Railroad), Rails Thru the Gorge (Cañon City & Royal Gorge Route), and Sand and Smoke (San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad).

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