A mixed freight rolls through Lewistown in 1956.
The F&CC was one of the first of Colorado's narrow gauge railroads to be abandoned. When it was flooded out in 1912, the F&CC liquidated its equipment, with much of it ending up on the Denver & Rio Grande and the Rio Grande Southern. By the 1940s–the era I model–no boxcars would still be in F&CC paint, but hey…if they were, they'd be pretty worn out!
"Gramps" tank cars spent most of their lives between Alamosa CO and Chama, NM. The moniker "Gramps" belonged to Lafayette Hughes, a grandfather and owner of an oil refinery in Alamosa for which these cars were in captive service. I don't believe they ever ran on the RGS, but again, I'm not being picky.
The Bachmann ET&WNC bobber caboose that came with the set is not a Rio Grande Southern prototype, but I upgraded it a little to match RGS practice. Handrails were painted aluminum, end platforms and roofwalks painted mineral red, weathering added with chalks and washes (sealed with Dullcote), and clear styrene "glass" was added.