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Monday, 2000 March 20 : Volume 3, Number 11

Convoy 2000
There are rumors that the pace car for Convoy 2000 will be the Mach 5, driven by "Speed" Racer. We have not been able to confirm this rumor. However, we do believe that Racer X -- who is really Speed's brother, but Speed doesn't know that -- will be handling the back door.


The Museum of C.W. McCall and Other Wild Places
There are new additions to the Museum: the FCC forms that accompanied the Midland 13-882C CB. Yes, once upon a time you actually needed paperwork to legally operate a CB.



Surfin' With The Rubber Duck
The ice is gone from the pond, but the scum's starting to grow. Ah, Spring!

We've got three subjects this week: C.W.'s main squeeze, Mavis Davis; The Train To Yesterday: The Silverton; and The Gallopin' Goose. As always, should any link actually pertain to the subject of the search, you're pretty lucky. :)

First up, some unrelated references to the name "Mavis Davis".

And now, the news. Articles about The Silverton from the newspaper of its home base, The Durango Herald. If this were a soap opera, it might be called "All My Choo-Choos".

The narrow gauge railroad is so important, The Durango Herald has its own page which lists train stories that it has published.

And you can visit the official site of the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Lastly, Number 5 doesn't spend all of its time in a park in Dolores.


Song A’ Th’ Week
Ah, long-distance travel. The slow progress across treacherous terrain, the smoke from the engine's fire, the noise of the hollerin' passengers. And that's the morning gridlock on the Kennedy Expressway! Nothing really changes, does it?

The Gallopin' Goose

(Chip Davis, Bill Fries)
From the album Roses For Mama


On a cold November mornin'
Back in nineteen-thirty-seven
With an early snow a-fallin'
On the three-foot tracks at Ames
Came a mighty strange contraption
Known to trainmen as a motor
But to folks in Colorado
She was known by another name

Up the canyons south of Sawpit
Past the red Cathedral spires
'Cross the yellow mountain switchbacks
And the rapids far below
On the high and lofty trestles
Near the fabled mines of Ophir
In the silver San Juan Mountains
Came a goose a-plowin' snow

[Chorus]
With a Pierce-Arrow engine,
Runnin' hot and on the loose
Came the Rio Grande Southern
The Gallopin' Goose
With a Pierce-Arrow engine
Runnin' hot and on the loose
Came Number Five, The Gallopin' Goose

'Twas a four-door auto-mobile
On a dozen wheels of iron
Sixteen feet of rockin' boxcar
Spot-welded to her tail
Loaded down with mercantile
Ten bags a' high-grade ore
Two mothers nursin' babies
Seven miners an' the mail

Up the side a' Sunshine Mountain
By internal gas combustion
Eight Pierce-Arrow pistons pullin'
Fifteen thousand pounds a' lead
At the snowshed on the summit
The conductor said his prayers
He'd acquired a busted driveshaft
On the pass at Lizard Head

[Chorus]
With a Pierce-Arrow engine
Runnin' hot and on the loose
Came the Rio Grande Southern
The Gallopin' Goose
With a Pierce-Arrow engine
Runnin' hot and on the loose
Came Number Five, The Gallopin' Goose

[Musical interlude here.]

Down the three-percent to Rico
In the valley of Dolores
They still talk about the Southern
An' her flock of flyin' geese
From the roundhouse at Ridgway
To the depot at Durango
All the tracks are gone for scrap iron
And the ganders rest in peace

Up the canyons south of Sawpit
Past the red Cathedral spires
'Cross the yellow mountain switchbacks
And the rapids far below
On the high and lofty trestles
Near the fabled mines of Ophir
In the silver San Juan Mountains
There's a legend in the snow

[Chorus]
With a Pierce-Arrow engine
Runnin' hot and on the loose
Came the Rio Grande Southern
The Gallopin' Goose
With a Pierce-Arrow engine
Runnin' hot and on the loose
Came Number Five, The Gallopin' Goose



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