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The Prospector

The RGM&HS publishes The Prospector, our professionally produced and beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine featuring the finest work of historians and other experts on all aspects of Rio Grande Railroad.  We make available individual issues and volume sets of the magazine for purchase from our website—from the current issue to back issues of The Prospector over the past 20 years back to Volume 1 which was first published in 2002.

Bundle sets of The Prospector from Volume 1 through Volume 20 are available for purchase from our website and will vary by volume between prints or combinations of prints and CD (for out-of-print issues) per volume set.  Pricing varies per set based on availability and good while supplies last.

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Dealers & Museums Who Carry The Prospector

  • Railroad Hobbies - 119 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678
  • Just Trains - 5650-H Imhoff Drive, Concord, CA 94520
  • The Original Whistle Stop - 2490 E. Colorado Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91107
  • Western Pacific Railroad Museum - 700 Western Pacific Way, Portola, CA 96122
  • Colorado Railroad Museum - 17155 West 44th Avenue, Golden, CO 80403
  • Rocky Mountain Train Supply (formerly N-Scale Supply) 6060A W. 55th Ave. Arvada, CO 80002
  • Caboose Stop Hobbies - 301 Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
  • Des Plaines Hobbies - 1468 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018
  • Fred's Train Shop - 9322 W. 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212 info@fredstrainshop.com
  • Jim's Junction - 811B 16th Street W, Billings, MT 59102
  • The Chama Hotel & Shops - 501 S Terrace Ave., Chama, NM 87520
  • Hobby Stop - 934 N. State #101, Orem, UT 84057
  • The Train Shoppe - 1100 W. 7800 S. #29NW West Jordan, UT 84088
  • TrainLife.com 525 E 1860 S Provo, UT 84606 (801) 226-1909
  • Green Light


    The Green Light is the society's electronic newsletter named after the D&RGW employee newsletter is delivered eight times a year via e-mail and is intended to provide information not included in the regular issues of The Prospector magazine.  In each issue of the Green Light, we cover Society news, highlighting current operations over former Rio Grande territory, and preservation initiatives geared to educate interested Individuals in the rich history of the railroad.  We promote our society functions, social gatherings, annual convention, and photo and data archiving.  We also promote Rio Grande related products like books, calendars, and model railroad announcements.



    The Rio Grande T-12 Locomotive and the Return of the 168 by Jerry Day

    The Rio Grande’s T-12 Locomotives and the Return of the 168 covers the operational history of each of the Rio Grande’s twelve 4-6-0, T-12 passenger locomotives, placed in service in 1883 and 1884 on their narrow gauge routes. The book specifically covers the restoration and return to service of No. 168 by the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

    The 71 page book includes historic photographs and many images covering the restoration to operation. There is a two-page color foldout that shows the engine ‘backhead’.


    Authors Needed!

    If you are interested in becoming a writer for The Prospector, go to our guidelines for more article submission information or send an email to Editor@rgmhs.org.

    Help Our Authors!

    Our authors do not necessarily have all the information, photographs, drawings, or other materials that you may have. periodically we will put out a call board asking if others might have additional information, please contact the Editor and he will get you in contact with the appropriate author.

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