Renck, H D 1968-08-03

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H. D. Renck relates his railroad experiences in Colorado. Along with incidents and specific date, some technical information on railroading is included.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: H.D. Renck

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 03, 1968

Location: Colorado

Interviewer: Charles Townsend

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical material, Colorado, Railroading (1906), Santa Fe, Colorado & Southern Railroad, Car boy duties, Wages, Biographical material, Location of Como, Colorado, Pitkin, Colorado (1909), Mother Ramey’s Hotel and Saloon, Derailment—Alpine Pass, Al Hebert prank, Cost of meals, Iron door prank, Standard gauge vs. Narrow gauge, Differences, Denver to Leadville run (time), Denver to Gunnison time, Runaway train incident, Railroad Union, Maddox Natural ice cutting, Reason for quitting.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Ice cutting (continued), Laborers, Size, Alpine Tunnel route, Description, Closing railroad (1910), Listing of local runs, Snow slides (1909), Taking on water, Location of tanks, Emergency rations, Size of crew, Engines and tonnage, Coal supply points, Alpine Engine House, Alpine eating house, Helmer’s book on railroad, Building of tunnel, Georgetown loop, Tons held by tenders, Coal-gas fumes in tunnel, Sparks, Looking at old camera and pictures.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1900-1910

Bulk Dates: 1900-1910

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