Rio Grande 169

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D&RGW 169
No. 169
Cole Park in Alamosa, Colorado.
Type and origin
Reference [1]
Power type Steam
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works
Serial number 7028
Build date 1883
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte 4-6-0
 • UIC 2′C n2
Gauge 3 ft (914 mm)
Driver dia. 46 in (1,168 mm)
Adhesive weight 50,643 lb (23.0 t)
Loco weight 70,550 lb (32.0 t)
Fuel type Coal
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 14 in × 20 in (356 mm × 508 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort c. 12,000 lbf (53.38 kN)
Career
Operators D&RG » D&RGW
Class D&RG: 47,
DRGW: T-12
Numbers D&RGW: 169
Last run 1938
Retired 1941
Current owner City of Alamosa
Disposition

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Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Locomotive No.169
Rio Grande 169 is located in Colorado
Rio Grande 169
Rio Grande 169 is located in the US
Rio Grande 169
Location Along Chamber Dr. within Cole Park, Alamosa, Colorado
Coordinates 37°28′10.6″N 105°51′43.1″W / 37.469611°N 105.861972°W / 37.469611; -105.861972Coordinates: 37°28′10.6″N 105°51′43.1″W / 37.469611°N 105.861972°W / 37.469611; -105.861972
Area less than one acre
Built 1883
Architect Baldwin Locomotive Works
Architectural style Narrow gauge steam locomotive
NRHP Reference # 01000230[2]
CSRHP # 5AL.312.1
Added to NRHP March 12, 2001

Denver and Rio Grande Western No. 169 is a 4-6-0, Ten Wheeler type, narrow gauge steam railway locomotive. It is one of twelve similar locomotives built for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1883. It was built as a passenger locomotive, with 46 in (1,200 mm) drivers, the second largest drivers used on any three foot gauge D&RGW locomotive. (The K-37s which were originally standard gauge have 55 in (1,400 mm) drivers.)[1]

During its operational life it was used on all of the major D&RGW narrow gauge lines. It appears in two Otto Perry photographs on the branch to Santa Fe, New Mexico in April 1933.[3] It was taken out of service in 1938 and then refurbished in 1939 to appear at the 1939 New York World's Fair. In 1941, the railroad donated it to the City of Alamosa and it has been in Cole Park there since.[4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Locomotive No.169 in 2001.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Perry, Otto. "D&RGW #169 (photograph)". Photos West. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "The History of Engine 169 And Railroading in Alamosa, Colorado". Museum Trail.org. Retrieved 27 January 2010.