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The Golden Spike Chapter is part of the national organization Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. We generally meet every 3rd Saturday - see below for date, time and place. Besides our major project restoring the D&RGW #223, we work closely with the Ogden Union Station Foundation in their efforts to operate and maintain the Utah State Railroad Museum.

Next Chapter Meetings,
July 21, 2018
August 18, 2018

12:00 noon at Two Bit Street Cafe, 25th street across from Union Station.
All are welcome.

Recent Updates:

It is with sadness that we announce the death of a long time member and supporter of the Golden Spike Chapter and 223 restoration, Stephen Smith.

Obituary for Stephen Morris Smith

Stephen M Smith passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
He was born on September 25, 1959 in Ogden, UT, to Morris Edgar Smith and Alice Tuttle. He graduated from Ben Lomond High School and attended Brigham Young University.
Stephen, worked for the United States Forest Services, Ashley National Forest and the Wasatch Notional Forest, and for the Utah Transit Authority.
He was preceded in by his parents, grandparents, Lee and Irene Tuttle, Sarah Anjanette Smith and other family members.
He had a love of trains and horses and worked with the railway and locomotive Historical society, Charter Member, Utah State Railroad Museum / Ogden Inion Station Railroad Museum and helped design the Trax Light Rail in Salt Lake.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, UT.

Stephen’s estate requests that donations can be made to the D&RGW #223 restoration project that he was involved with from its inception in 1992.


New Volunteer:
David Angle

February 19, 2018:
Election of officers for 2018 (see below)

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2017: John Rimmasch, owner of Wasatch Rail Contractors in Cheyenne, Wyoming visited the 223 shop and gave us his assessment of our boiler and options to consider. Photos can be seen here

Saturday July 15, 2017: Major operation on the 223
Driver Wheels separated from the Frame

New Video giving the history of the 223 Project

April 15, 2017

January 2017

Current activities on the 223 project

New Volunteer

Joshua Perry

The Ogden Standard Examiner published an article about the 223 project in their Sept. 10 edition which includes a video. Click here and view the video on YouTube.

To 223 Current Activities and our Facebook page to see the latest episode in our 223 restoration project. Two professional steal locomotive restorers from Colorado spent the day giving us a seminar in dismantling the running gear drive rods.

Information about the Utah State Railroad Museum collection can be found on the
Weber State University Virtual Museum.

Subscribe to our new Golden Spike Chapter R&LHS Yahoo group. Click HERE

Check out our YouTube channel

Visit our FaceBook at Rio Grande 223




The current major project of the GSR&LHS is the restoration of
D&RGW #223
Work sessions are held every Saturday beginning around 9 a.m. Public and volunteer workers are welcome.

Join us on Saturday mornings by walking behind the Ogden Union Station to the north end of the building
to the restoration shop. Just come in and introduce yourself.

Restoring the 223 is a costly venture. So far we have been fortunate to have businesses and interested individuals who have donated funds and services towards our efforts. More is needed as we prepare to finish the tender with interior coating and exterior painting. A major expense will involve the rebuild of the locomotive. The donate button below is provided for anyone who wishes to contribute to the restoration of 223.


A GoFundMe page has been established.

Click here to visit and perhaps make a donation!

Also you can donate using our PayPal account below

Use the menu to the right for various aspects of this project
as well as information about the Golden Spike Chapter
and the Utah State Railroad Museum.

Chapter Officers for 2018 are:

Steve Jones 414-828-0166

Vice President:
Lee Secrist 801-397-3943

Maurice Greeson

Secretary/Newsletter Editor:
Lee Witten 801-476-1209

Richard Carroll

Director: John Barrett

Joshua Perry 740-792-0723

Membership: Go to the national website for information on membership.