types of articles are planned in the Prospector?
balanced mix of prototype, history, and modeling subjects covering
equipment (locomotives, passenger, freight, m-o-w), structures,
physical plant, right of way, operations, publications & documents,
memorabilia, artifacts, preservation, etc.
kind of articles will be in each issue of The Prospector?
are 1-4 articles on a variety of topics pertaining to the Rio
Grande and associated railroads. Other columns may appear from
time to time including:
society news and events (such as-dare we hope-conventions?)
of various preservation efforts
Q&A column (for those not on-line)
a collectibles & memorabilia column
an oral history column by former Rio Grande employees
most important thing to realize is that in order to print an article
on a topic, we need to have someone submit an article on that
topic. The mix of articles will depend heavily on what material
is submitted to the editor.
are the guidelines for submitting an article for the Prospector?
eras are going to be covered?
strive to cover all eras of the Rio Grande's history, including
news of current operations on former Rio Grande lines. The exact
mix will depend on what material is available.
this going to be all (standard/narrow) gauge?
standard and narrow gauge subjects are covered. The aim is to
include something on both in each issue, with an overall balance
between the two over the course of each year rather than each
issue. These aims depend upon submissions of articles, and it
may not be possible to achieve this balance every issue or year.
this going to be all steam or diesel?
since we cover all eras we cover both steam and diesel motive
often will the Prospector be published?
intent is to always publish 4 issues per year. To achieve that
goal, we obviously need your help. The members of the Society
possess abundant knowledge about the Denver & Rio Grande Western.
Why not put that knowledge to work by writing an article for The
there be a lot of/too much modeling in the Prospector?
depends on your point of view, but bear in mind that the prototype
information will be there either way. We put the word "modeling"
into the name of the society deliberately because in some past
cases other railroad historical societies have deliberately excluded
modeling. We prefer to view modeling as "applied historical research"
and wanted to say up front that it belongs.
any of you remember the old Santa Fe Modelers Organization, you'll
know what we mean. Their material was almost entirely based on
prototype and historical information- so much so that they eventually
merged with the prototype-only Santa Fe Historical Society. Their
example shows that the two interests can coexist.
other projects will the Society undertake?
At this time, the Rio
Grande Source Data CD's and Engineering
Maps (of yard and station areas around the railroad) from
the Rio Grande are our other major projects. Other projects will
be developed as time and resources allow.
you have other questions, please send them to the