D&RGW 30 ton #50         
D&RGW 30 ton Number 50 at Durango, Colorado on August 21, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in May 1937 (c/n 2245) by Davenport-Besler as a 30 ton three foot gauge 0-4-0 switcher for the Sumpter Valley Railroad as their number 101. It was powered by a Caterpillar D-1700 diesel producing 160 horsepower, with power coupled to the wheels through a mechanical transmission and siderods. At some point when the Sumpter Valley shut down (the last 1.5 miles were removed in 1961) this locomotive went to the Edward Hines Lumber Company, then in 1963 it was purchased by the D&RGW and became the Durango switcher until the abandonment of the San Juan Extension in 1970. It was sold to Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad, a tourist railroad in Felton, California, in March 1970. Last run in the early 1970s, the engine was eventually sold to the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1984. The engine is preserved at the Colorado Railroad Museum today, and was returned to operation in June 2009. Note the brake cylinder mounted on the front as an air-powered uncoupling device.
Date: 8/21/1965 Location: Durango, CO   Map Show Durango on a rail map Views: 3850 Collection Of:   Chuck Zeiler
Locomotives: DRGW 50(35 Tonner)    Author:  Chuck Zeiler
D&RGW 30 ton #50
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Bob Clark General The air cyclindar 12/14/2013 10:17:17 PM
Bob Clark General The air cylinder on the front and back of this engine was used to lift the coupler t 12/14/2013 10:18:38 PM
Bob Clark General and slide it to the left or right side for standard gauge cars depending on which side the third rail was located . 12/14/2013 10:21:51 PM

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