Rio Grande News

    Posted Wednesday, August 22 2018 at 2343 h MDT
    The Durango & Silverton, faced with future shutdowns due to the hightened fire danger brought on by persistent drought here in the southwest, has signed a $3.2M contract to have two new 2000hp narrow gauge diesels built. The two new motors will be built by Motive Power Equipment & Solutions of Greenville, SC, and will be designated MP2000NG. Internally, they will be Caterpillar 2000hp diesels powering GE 764 traction motors. Delivery is expected next spring. The full press release is available [here].

    On the other hand, the D&S is also working to put D&RGW K-37 #493 back on the rails, but converted to an oil burner. This, too, should allow them to operate through excessively dry weather without the fire danger of coal cinders. -

    Posted Wednesday, August 22 2018 at 2254 h MDT
    Nearly eight years after UP donated D&RGW SD40T-2 #5401 to the Colorado Railroad Museum, the engine was moved from her storage location in Coors' Golden, CO, brewery yard to the museum today. A Coors switch crew brought it to the interchange, at which point BNSF took over using a pair of SD40-2s to move it close to the museum. Side boom cranes lifted the motor off live rails and set it on panel track running down the center of 44th Street and into the museum grounds.

    Jeff Taylor has a number of photos of the move on his Instragram feed. Be sure to click the forward and back buttons to see all of them.

    D&RGW 5401, still wearing the UP 9871 patch, now rests next to D&RGW 683, the last surviving standard gauge D&RGW steam engine. -

    Posted Wednesday, April 11 2018 at 1103 h MDT
    A report on Trainorders this morning says that the last patched DRGW unit operating on UP - DRGW 3154, patched to UP 1900 - has had PTC installed at North Little Rock and is headed into the paint booth. It will emerge as UP 1168.

    It's been a pretty good run, honestly. We're nearly 30 years after the D&RGW disappeared into SP. -

    Posted Friday, November 20 2015 at 1513 h MST
    The Golden Spike Chapter of the R&LHS - the folks who have been restoring D&RG(W) Grant 2-8-0 #223 - have turned to crowdfunding to try to raise money for the next phases of work. Their goal is an operating restoration by 2019.

    The 223 is unique. It's the only Grant-built D&RG engine to survive. It's also the only C-16 that has a hope of being restored to service any time soon. Two other Class 60 / C-16 units survived - 268 and 278 - but both are Baldwin-built and are not likely to be considered for an operating restoration any time soon.

    For those interested in what they've done so far, the best way to keep tabs on them is their Facebook page.

    For those wanting to contribute to their current fundraising campaign, you can find them on GoFundMe at [this link]. -

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  The most comprehensive D&RGW site out there
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  Kevin Morgan's D&RGW Site (formerly - Route and historical info, as well as photos
  An excellent site by a Mike B., a professional railroader and former D&RGW employee
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