Denver & Rio Grande

Locomotive History

Last Update: 11-26-2011
Road: Denver & Rio Grande Road #: 223
From: 1881 To: 1924 Class: 60 Gauge: N
Acquired: New Name:
Builder: Grant, # 1436, 1881 Wt: 60000 Tract. Eff.: 13800
Wheel Arr.: 2-8-0 Cylinders: 15x20 Drivers: 36.00
Disposition: Re-classified
Photographs: p 17 [16]
Drawings: p 54 [23]
Notes:
Road: Denver & Rio Grande Western Road #: 223
From: 1924 To: 1941 Class: C16 Gauge: N
Acquired: Used Name:
Builder: Grant, # 1436, 1881 Wt: 60000 Tract. Eff.: 16540
Wheel Arr.: 2-8-0 Cylinders: 15x20 Drivers: 36.00
Disposition: To the City of Salt Lake City, Utah for preservation 12/1941

Photographs: p 152 [1], p 44 [8]

  • OP-7439, D&RGW 223, 07/04/40, Gunnison, CO, Perspective: 3/4R
  • OP-7440, D&RGW 223, 07/04/40, Gunnison, CO, Perspective: RS
  • OP-7441, D&RGW 223, 07/04/40, Gunnison, CO, Perspective: 3/4L
  • OP-7763, D&RGW 223, 07/04/40, Gunnison, CO, westbound, Freight, 27 cars, north of Gunnison, Baldwin Branch, 278 pushing
  • OP-7764, D&RGW 223, 07/04/40, Gunnison, CO, westbound, Freight, 27 cars, north of Gunnison, Baldwin Branch, 278 pushing
  • OP-7765, D&RGW 223, 07/04/40, Dollard, CO, westbound, Freight, 27 cars, near Dollard, Baldwin Branch, 278 pushing
  • OP-7766, D&RGW 223, 07/04/40, Castleton, CO, westbound, Freight, 27 cars, near Castleton, Baldwin Branch, 278 pushing
  • OP-7767, D&RGW 223, 07/04/40, Baldwin, CO, westbound, Freight, 27 cars, Baldwin Branch, 278 pushing
Drawings: p 54 [23]

Notes: To Utah Historical Society 1979 To the Golden Spike Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society (by the Utah Hisorical Society) and is currently under restoration (dismantled) in Ogden, Utah, at the Utah State Railroad Museum. 223 was moved in 1990 or 1991. So far, the restoration team has concentrated on the tender only. The trucks have been completely rebuilt, and the wood on the tender frame has been renewed. The original tender tank is so far gone that a new one is being constructed, at a great cost. The locomotive itself has not yet been started on, save for removing the asbestos. The boiler is in very poor shape after having been on display outdoors since 1941 with wet asbestos under the boiler jacket. There is also a problem in that the city of Salt Lake construction crews that moved 223 from Liberty Park to the Utah State Historical Society in 1979 bent the frame and rods (so badly that the drive wheels will no longer turn - even with the rods disconnected).

Currently being restored!

 
 

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