|Denver & Rio Grande Western 315|
D&RGW 315 in 2008.
|Type and origin|
|Builder||Baldwin Locomotive Works|
|UIC classification||1′D n2|
|Gauge||3 ft (914 mm)|
|Driver diameter||38 in (965 mm)|
|Weight on drivers||64,000 lb (29.0 t)|
|Locomotive weight||72,000 lb (32.7 t)|
|Cylinder size||16 in × 20 in (406 mm × 508 mm)|
|Current owner||City of Durango|
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Locomotive No. 315
|Location||479 Main Ave., Durango, Colorado|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Baldwin Locomotive Works|
|Architectural style||Narrow gauge Consolidation|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||October 24, 2008|
Denver and Rio Grande Western No. 315 is a Class C-18 2-8-0, Consolidation type, narrow gauge steam railway locomotive that was originally built for the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1895. On the F&CC it was number 3, named Elkton. After the demise of the F&CC in 1915, the locomotive sat unused until the Denver & Rio Grande purchased it and four of its sisters in 1917 to help with war traffic. In D&RG service it became No. 424, but was renumbered No. 315 when the D&RG became the Denver and Rio Grande Western in the reorganization of 1924. It began its D&RG service at Alamosa, Colorado, was leased to the Rio Grande Southern for 1926-27 and then spent most of the next decade on the Gunnison Division, in Salida, Colorado, on the line to Montrose and on the branch to Ouray.
As larger locomotives, notably the K-36 and K-37 Mikados came on line, smaller engines like 315 were used as switchers or scrapped. No. 315 spent several periods in the shops in the early 40's, notably with a broken main rod and then later for flue work and to replace its pilot with a switch engine pilot. It appeared in the movie Colorado Territory in 1948, but was finally taken out of service in 1949. It returned to the silver screen in Around the World in 80 Days in 1956, but was no longer in operating condition, so it was pushed by a diesel locomotive disguised as a baggage car.
It was leased to the City of Durango from 1950 until the railroad donated it to the Chamber of Commerce in 1968, and then was transferred to the city in December, 2000. The Durango Railroad Historical Society began restoration work in March 2001 and 315 moved under its own power for the first time in 57 years in August, 2007. 315 operated on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in 2008.
- Official Roster No. 11 of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad System. Denver: The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad System. April 1, 1923.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "History of D&RGW #315". Durango Railroad Historical Society. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- "Restoration Status, page 9". The Durango Railroad Historical Society. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
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