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  • D&S ACQUIRES TWO NEW DIESELS
    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. -
    NDHolmes

  • D&RGW 5401 MOVES TO CRRM
    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. -
    NDHolmes

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