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Jun 14, 2012 4:53 AM by Kate Richards

Galloping Geese ride again

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Six contraptions called Galloping Geese will be rattling around the railroad tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum.

The struggling Rio Grande Southern Railroad in southwestern Colorado built seven Galloping Geese in the 1930s.

The Geese are a mash-up of vintage autos, buses and railroad cars. The railroad used them to haul passengers and mail because they were cheaper to run than steam engines.

Six Geese survived and have been restored to running condition. Five of the survivors will be at the museum west of Denver this weekend for a "Goose Fest." A replica of one of the other Geese will also be there.

The railroad shut down in 1952, but collectors and museums bought six of the Geese. The railroad had scrapped the seventh in the '30s.

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