McFarland railroad talk May 10

       Mel McFarland, an area railroading authority, will talk on that subject at the Old Colorado City History Center Friday, May 10.
       His presentation will start at 11 a.m. and follow the annual meeting of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) at 10:15.
       Owned by the volunteer OCCHS, the History Center is at 1 S. 24th St.
       McFarland's subject title is “From Palmer to Amtrak: Railroads of the Pikes Peak Region.” Admission is free to OCCHS members, $5 for non-members. Seating is first come, first served.
       “Railroading in the Pike's Peak Region was once a significant industry,” a press release states. “More than 10 railroads once operated here. Nearly all were small, but others were major operations. From 1871 to 1971, the industry flourished and then almost died. From passenger to freight, to the city trolley, the Red Mountain Incline or the little known Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Railway, this illustrated program with vintage photos will provide an overview of those early lines that contributed to the development of our region.”
       A former teacher, McFarland has written two books on local railroads. He also writes local-history columns for several area newspapers, including the Westside Pioneer.

From a press release