All Aboard - Last Time Unless Your A Koch

Today is the last trip.

I'm sure many of you have seen the Royal Gorge and maybe taken a ride on the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway. This was sold back in 2010 to one of the Koch boys.

This article offers up a lot of good info on the history of this and some of the circumstances leading to today. The owner had been at it 32 years for one thing. 
CANON CITY — The Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad will make its last run Sept. 30, ending a 32-year career for its operator, Greg Tabuteau.The railroad and neighboring Buckskin Joe, along with 806 acres of land, were sold in 2010 to billionaire William Koch. Buckskin Joe's Old West buildings were moved to Koch's ranch in Gunnison County for use as a private museum.

These Koch boys remind me of this episode from the Next Generation titled "The Most Toys". One of the better ones.


  1. Humpf! I read about Buckskin Joe last year before I went on vacation...didn't know about the RGSR tho... Dang!!! Oooh to be a kazillionaire...

  2. What about that piece of turquoise??

  3. Actually the town is here ...just above Paonia. Lots of chatter about it and how he is closing down pristine wilderness.


  4. I bet there is plenty of talk. If I pretend to be a local do you think they'll let me in.

  5. Don't suppose anyone knows where we could get a Varon-T disruptor and treat the Koch boys to a new experience? They could then be wrapped like mummies in Bounty paper towels and put on display in their museum.

  6. Now that's good stuff! I wish I could think like that.

  7. When I was growing up we saw lots of Horny toads, haven't seen one in decades. You're a lucky man.
    Growing up in Pueblo my brother and I spent time in Buckskin Joe's jail for one reason or another. Back then there wasn't a train, but a tram that went from the bottom up about half way and back down.
    The only thing that pissed me really off was blaming the teacher's unions for August school year, it wasn't us it was politicians who insisted on high school students taking finals each semester and it was stupid to make them take finals after winter break so the semester was moved into August so finals could be given in December instead of January.

  8. Good stuff Pat. Thanks for this!