This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
This two-part class will give you a snapshot introduction to railroads around the world. The first session will be close to home; the focus will be on the Great Western Railway, originating in Loveland in 1901. You will learn a brief history of the Great Western Sugar Company, how sugar is made, and why a railroad was necessary to bring freshly harvested beets to the factory.
Our second session will take you much further afield and cover railroads of the world including places like South Africa, Namibia, Sir Lanka, India, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rico, Argentina, Chile, St. Kitts, Mozambique, and others. Such topics as the primary use of each of these trains, various railroad gauges in use, and the origin of standard gauge (dating back to the Romans!) will be discussed.
Not only will you see many photos of these wonderful "iron horses," you will learn how to hop aboard some of these lines!
Please NOTE: Due to a injury on the part of the instructor, Ken Jessen, the dates for the Osher class (OSHR 1106 - Explore the World via Railroads) have been changed from Thursdays, Nov 7 and 14 to new dates of Thursdays, December 5 and 12.
The location of the class (Loveland Learning Center, 2915 Rocky Mountain Avenue, Suite 240, Loveland , Colo ) and the times (10:00 am – 12 Noon) remain the
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.