The purpose of the Galloping Goose Historical Society of Dolores Inc. is to preserve, restore and operate the historical Rio Grande Southern Railroad and all necessary equipment, rolling stock, real property, historical sites and buildings necessary and incident thereto; to establish museums, research projects and operations in furtherance of the historical significance of the Dolores River Valley; to educate and produce educational materials and scholarships for education and research incident to the above and forgoing, all being exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes and good and no other.
The Galloping Goose Historical Society (GGHS) was established in 1987. It built a replica of the Dolores Colorado Rio Grande Southern Railroad train station to serve as a museum and office. In 1998, it completed the restoration of RGS Goose No.5, a historic narrow gauge railcar to running condition. The society has a railroad museum and operates RGS Goose No. 5 in Dolores during community events. It also transports RGS Goose No.5 to area narrow gauge railroads and operates full day excursions on the C&TS and D&SNG railroads.
The Galloping Goose Historical Society has over 400 members in its organization from throughout the world. Over a third of its members are "life members" .
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