Old BV depot finds a new home, but not by the tracks

Brief by Clint Driscoll

Railroad history – June 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine

It is still true that no good deed goes unpunished. The initial plans for moving the 1880 Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad depot in Buena Vista have derailed.

Originally the depot — which served as a private residence until October, 2002 when a fire damaged it — was supposed to be moved to a space on the right-of-way of the Union Pacific tracks which run through town.

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Old South Park depot in Buena Vista will be restored

Brief by Clint Driscoll

Railroad history – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine

A part of the Denver, South Park & Pacific (DSP&P) narrow gauge railroad is rising phoenix-like from the ashes in Buena Vista. On October 18, 2002 at about 4:00 a.m. a fire occurred in the owner’s residence at the Woodland Brook Cabins, a long-established tourist resort in town. The fire began and was pretty much contained in the laundry room and the adjoining kitchen. The rest of the house was structurally intact, but heat and smoke destroyed or damaged a lot of the contents. Homeowner Riian Van Niekerk escaped unhurt; his wife Marjorie was out of town at the time.

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Salida gets another narrow-gauge caboose

Brief by Central Staff

Railroad History – June 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine

Narrow-gauge cabooses (cabeese?) uised to be common in Salida, but now there are only two: one at Centennial Park, and this one, recently restored. It belongs to Fred Lowry, who found it in Cañon City. Now he needs to figure out what to do with it, and he’s considering several possibilities.

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