Restoration of Railroad Car 211

$400 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 11 months
Please join the Hinsdale County Historical Society and Lake City Museum to restore the 1883 Denver & Rio Grande Railroad repurposed combination car. 
This 27-seat, 36-foot-long passenger car was built by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG) in 1883.   It weighed 22,400 pounds and cost $2,726.16 to construct.

Car 211 received a major remodel in 1900 when Denver & Rio Grande repurposed it as a combined freight car and 24-seat passenger car which reflects diminishing rail traffic on some lines and the wish to economize by combining freight and passengers in a single car.   As designed, the car consisted of the 16 foot 11 inch by 7 foot 5-1/2 inch wide baggage compartment with a sleeping bunk and wood stove, and the passenger compartment included reversible seats (the direction they were used depended on whether the car was coming or going), a wood stove, toilet compartment, and water cooler.

Dimensions of the passenger compartment are 20 feet 9 inches long and 7 feet 5-1/2 inches wide.   The style of the car's roof was originally a blunt "bull-nose" when constructed in 1883 but was modified to existing gently-sloping "Duck Bill" in 1900. The car continued in use -- including service on the Lake City Branch of the D & RG in the late 1910s and 1920s -- until retirement in 1940.   It was acquired by the Flying D Ranch at Fort Lupton on Colorado's eastern plains and in turn sold to Don Shanks' Denver & Rio Grande Historical Foundation in 2002.    Shanks sold the car -- donating a significant portion of its appraised value -- to Hinsdale County Historical Society in September of 2017.   
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$400 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 11 months
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Hinsdale County Historical Society
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