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A beautiful day on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad with the 2018 Special #315 Charter Part 1 Antonito to Bighorn
http://www.yardlimitproductions.com June 1, 2018 and we come to Chama New Mexico to video D&RGW 315 making a special freight run from Antonito Colorado to Cumbres Pass and back. That video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSPo98tjTkE We are also here to document the second weekend of the season and feature D&RGW locomotives 484, 487, and 488. The Denver and Rio Grande Western K-36 class are ten 3 ft narrow gauge, Mikado type, 2-8-2 steam locomotives built for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad by Baldwin Locomotive Works. They were shipped to the Rio Grande in 1925, and were first used along the Monarch Branch and Marshall Pass, but were later sent to the Third Division out of Alamosa. Of the original ten, four are owned by the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and five by the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Number 485 fell into the turntable pit at Salida and was scrapped in Pueblo in 1955, with many parts being saved. The locomotives are of outside frame design, with the driving wheels placed between the two chassis frames which support the boiler, but with the cylinders, driving rods, counterweights and valve gear on the outside. This general arrangement is shared with the earlier K-27, K-28 and later K-37 Mikado engines. The locomotives' name of K-36 comes from two different sources. The K in the name comes from the locomotives' wheel arrangement (Mikado), and the 36 stands for 36,200 pounds of tractive effort. The K-36s were used primarily as freight locomotives out of Alamosa to Durango, and to Farmington, New Mexico, as well as out of Salida to Gunnison (over Marshall Pass) until 1955 and to Monarch on the Monarch Branch until 1956. They were built with special valves to allow brake control between locomotives while double-heading, and were commonly found between Alamosa and Chama, New Mexico. They were heavily used during the pipe boom in Farmington, and hauled long freight trains between Alamosa and Farmington. In 1937, 3 K-36s, 482, 483, and 489, were equipped with steam heat and signal lines to haul passenger trains like the Shavano and the San Juan Express. Eventually in 1945, 484, 485, and 488, were also equipped, too. With the support of the States of New Mexico and Colorado, and railfans all over the world, these historic locomotives will continue to climb the grade to Cumbres Pass and travel through Toltec Gorge for years to come. Thank you for watching and thank you for 1600 subscribers!
http://www.yardlimitproductions.com/ May 4, 2018, and the weather couldn't be more perfect for the final run to Cascade Canyon, Colorado. This train has been led by 476 for most of the season, but today 480 takes the lead. We catch the train before it departs Durango and then several more times before it leaves Rockwood. When it made an unscheduled stop at Hermosa to repair a minor pinhole leak in one of the pipes in the cab, we got some good scanner audio. The next day, 480 leads the first train of 2018 up to Silverton. Another glorious day and this time we catch it with our drone as it arrives at it's destination. The 480 series or K-36 class locomotives were ten engines designed for the D&RGW. They were built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1925. The 480s were the last ten narrow-gauge locomotives constructed for the D&RGW. The 480s were used for freight-hauling throughout the D&RGW 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge network. The "36" stands for 36,200 lbf (161.026 kN). of tractive effort. These engines are outside frame Mikados, and all drive wheels have counterbalancing outside of the frame, resulting in the utilitarian look the engines are known for. The engines currently use 6-ET automatic air and the secondary straight air used on regular service equipment. The railroad runs 12-car passenger trains behind these engines; however more cars require the train to be doubleheaded. Despite popular belief that the railroad does not doublehead trains out of Durango because of smoke, the real reason is the weight restriction on the bridge at 15th Street, not allowing more than one K-36 at a time (K-28 class engines however are still doubleheaded from Durango). The engines were delivered with Master Mechanics design smokeboxes for draft, however at some point the D&RGW converted them to Andersson (cyclone) front ends. Water is fed to the boiler by two non-lifting injectors. The 40-square-foot (3.7 m2) grate surface in the firebox is among the largest built for a narrow-gauge locomotive, and is fed by hand firing. Firing is simpler on these engines compared to the K-28s, however the larger surface area requires more fuel. A typical trip uses around 3–5 short tons (2.68–4.46 long tons; 2.72–4.54 t) on the way up to Silverton, and another 1–2 short tons (0.89–1.79 long tons; 0.91–1.81 t) on the return to Durango. Ergonomically, the engines are less comfortable than the others as well, with the crew seats being further back from the backhead, and the engineer having to lean forward constantly to adjust the throttle and use the sanders. The running gear on the locomotives also tend to wear out faster than the ALCO designed K-28s, and the resulting pounding rough ride can take a toll on the engine crew. D&SNG owns four K-36s: 480, 481, 482, and 486, all of which are operational. The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad owns engines 483, 484, 487, 488, and 489. Engine 485, unfortunately, fell into the turntable pit in Salida, Colorado in 1955. It was scrapped for parts thereafter, however, some accessories, running and valve gear was salvaged and used on other locomotives. Equipment used: Two Panasonic HC-WX970 4K camcorders DJI Phantom 3 Pro Thank you for watching and please subscribe to our channel!
Deutsche /english Info Im September 2017 hatte wir die Gelegenheit die restaurierte D&RGW C 18, No 315, auf ihrer Fahrt vom Cumbres Pass, Colorado bis nach Chama New Mexico zu verfolgen. Die Lok war ohne Zug unterwegs. Sie hatte wohl vorher als Schublok einen Zug zum Cumbres Pass begleitet. Der Cumbres Pass liegt auf einer Höhe von 3055m oder 10022 ft. Und liegt natürlich in Colorado! In September 2017 we had the opportunity to chase D&RGW C-18 #315 from top of Cumbres Pass, CO to Chama, NM, terminus of the Cumbres and Toltec Senice RR. No. 315 was running light as an extra, returning from helperservice. Cumbres Pass is in Colorado ...of cours!
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Part 1 – Durango Station and Roundhouse K-36 class steam locomotive 482 is seen at Durango Station coupling to the train and the 08:45 departure. Then Baldwin companions 486 and 481 are seen being moved by a wheel loader into the roundhouse. Filmed on The Railway Touring Company’s 2017 Colorado and the Rocky Mountains Steam Tour. http://www.railwaytouring.net/ http://www.durangotrain.com/
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad 8 car train 215 arrives into Chama, NM behind K36 484.