View Full Version : Studebakers connection to the Galloping Goose Railroad

02-24-2015, 09:30 AM
I recently acquired a lionel train layout and one of the engines drew my attention to it right away.It looked like a Pierce Arrow car. I did some research and came up with the following info.In the late 20sand early 30s the Rio Grand southern Railway in Durango Col. needed a smaller passenger train to run on its 160 mile journey.They developed these new cars using a Pierce Arrow limousine body and drive line.They held about 9-10 passengers and had a baggage car behind.They only made 7 of these units,6 still exist.Three were B uick powered,three were pierce arrow and the last one was Ford powered.I also found out that Studebaker owned Pierce Arrow during this time period and used the Studebaker flat head 8 cylinder engine.If anyone has more info on this subject I would appreciate hearing from them414794148041481In conclusion,#5 unit is still operating in Colorado,one is at Knotts berry farm in Ca and the remaing survivors I believe are in Museums

02-24-2015, 11:50 AM
Here's some additional info:






Commander Eddie
02-24-2015, 12:16 PM
Yes, and the Durango & Silverton still run these during the tourist season. One of the members of our model railroad club rode on one when he visited the railroad several years ago and said it was a "hoot". I think there was a pun in there somewhere.
There is a good video explaining the history of these vehicles that was put out a few years ago for RailFest. Here is a video. It may be a duplicate of one Jeff posted above.

02-24-2015, 12:22 PM
Very cool Jeff. Thanks for posting the video!

02-24-2015, 01:11 PM
More photos of the GG posted here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?51375-Orphan-of-the-Day-05-19-1929-Pierce-Arrow&highlight=galloping


Sam Ensley
02-24-2015, 01:24 PM
I remember seeing one of those in Telluride a few years back. Wonder if it's still there.