As a spring storm brews to the west, Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose No. 5 is meeting the regular Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad passenger train at Osier, Colorado, on May 25, 1999. This “motor” as RGS originally called them, was the brainchild of the creative workers at the RGS’ Ridgway Shops, to provide a less expensive way to operate trains on an expensive-to-operate narrow gauge mountain railroad.
Cornus sericea (Red Osier Dogwood) This deciduous plant offers four seasons of interest with bright red bark in winter, clusters of creamy white flowers in spring, tiny white berries (a songbird favorite) amongst a thicket of greenery in summer and purplish leaves in autumn. Height 6-12′. Grows in wet soils and is great for riparian areas. Stems can be used to make a nice red dye. Hardy to zone 3.