RailPictures.Net Photo: DRGW 493 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Steam 2-8-2 at Rockwood, Colorado by Kevin Madore
 
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» Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
» Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
» High Line Horseshoe Curve (MP 469.4) 
» Rockwood, Colorado, USA (more..)
» September 03, 2021
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» DRGW 493 (more..)
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Afternoon on the High Line.Late in the afternoon, on a sunny day in early September, D&RGW K-37 #493 takes her Silverton Mixed Train southbound around the High Line Horseshoe Curve (MP 469.5) in the final act of a Trains Magazine photo shoot, celebrating 493's return to steam after decades of retirement. The 493 was also the first locomotive in the Durango & Silverton Roundhouse to be set up as an oil-burner, a move necessitated by the increased risk of wildfires in recent years. Since the 493 made her debut, three more locomotives have undergone the conversion, and a 5th conversion is underway as of early 2022. Eventually, it is expected that the burning of soft coal will be a thing of the past on this railroad and while that is a bit sad, the railroad has committed itself to running steam and regardless of the fuel type, that is a good thing.
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