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Rio Grande: 1940

Rio Grande: 1940

September 1940. "Railroad yards. Durango, Colorado." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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The non-survivor

The D&RGW’s K-36 class of locos may be one of the best preserved anyplace. Eight of the ten from this order are still operational, either on the Durango & Silverton or the Cumbres & Toltec. A ninth, #483, underwent partial cosmetic restoration and stabilization by the C&TS but is currently parked “out back” at the Chama yard with an uncertain future.

485, though, was the hard-luck kid of the bunch. She crashed into the turntable pit at Salida in 1954 and was too badly damaged to be worth repairing; she was scrapped the next year.

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