D&RGW K-36


D&RGW K-36
Denver & Rio Grande Western
K-36 class
K-36 #488 on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
Power type Steam
References:[1]
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works
Build date 1925
Configuration 2-8-2
UIC classification 1′D1′ h
Gauge 3 ft  (914 mm)
Driver diameter 44 in (1,118 mm)
Locomotive weight 187,100 lb (84.9 t)
Fuel type Coal
Boiler pressure 195 lbf/in² (1.34 MPa)
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 20 × 24 in (508 × 610 mm)
Valve gear Walschaerts
Tractive effort 36,200 lbf (161.03 kN)
Locomotive brakes Air
Train brakes Air
Career DRGW, D&SNG, C&TS
Number in class 10
Number 480–489
Locale Colorado and New Mexico
Disposition Nine preserved and operational
#485 scrapped

The Denver and Rio Grande Western K-36 class are ten 3 ft  (914 mm) narrow gauge, Mikado type, 2-8-2 steam locomotives built for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (DRGW) 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 (D&SNG) and five by the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS). Number 485 fell into the turntable pit at Salida and was scrapped in Pueblo in 1955, with many parts being saved.

In Service

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.

Roster[2][3]

Number Photo Builder's
Number
Current
Owner
Notes
480 D&SNG 482&480 2006.jpg 58558 D&SNG Retired 1970
to D&SNG 3/1981
481 58559 D&SNG To D&SNG 3/1981 First K-36 run to Silverton
482 D&SNG 482 2006.jpg 58541 D&SNG Retired 1962
to C&TS 1970
to D&SNG 1991
483 58584 C&TS To C&TS 1970
484 Cumbres & Toltec train.jpg 58585 C&TS To C&TS 1970
485 D&RGW Durango yard 1940.jpg 58586 Dismantled 1/24/1955
486 D&SNG 486 2008.jpg 58587 D&SNG Retired 1962
to Royal Gorge for display, 12/1967
to D&SNG, 1999
487 LCA CumbresToltec.jpg 58588 C&TS To C&TS 1970
488 Scurve.jpg 58589 C&TS To C&TS 1970
489 58590 C&TS Retired 1962
to C&TS 1970

References

  1. ^ "Denver & Rio Grande Western Mikados". Steam Locomotive dot com. http://www.steamlocomotive.com/mikado/drgw.shtml. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Denver & Rio Grande Western Roster". Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society. http://www.drgw.org/data/steam/roster/drgw04.htm. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Durango & Silverton Steam". DRGW.net. http://www.drgw.net/info/index.php?n=Main.DSNGRoster. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 



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