the University Archivist, and an adjunct faculty member for the
History Department at Eastern Washington University in Cheney,
Washington (near Spokane), a town named for a Northern Pacific
VIP of the 1880's.
love affair with the D&RGW narrow gauge goes back to his childhood.
He and his parents lived along the west side of the Animas Valley,
at approximately MP 461.7 for several years, before moving to
Boulder in 1964. His parents humored Charlie's childish interest
in the railroad in many ways including annual trips on the Silverton
and frequent visits to the Durango yards when his father had business
in town. The real clincher was the trip on a Rocky Mountain RR
Club special from Durango to Alamosa for his 6th birthday in the
spring of 1961. He has been a rabid D&RGW narrow gauge enthusiast
In the 1968/69
school year Charlie learned something about practical politics
and historic preservation by helping gather signatures to petition
the state legislature of Colorado to appropriate money to buy
what is now the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR.
a life member of the Colorado RR Historical Foundation, and the
National Model Railroad Association. He enjoys modeling the D&RGW
and RGS in HOn3, though he is currently not doing much modeling.
Instead, he is working on a book about the Butte, Anaconda & Pacific,
a Montana copper hauler.