D & RG Narrow Gauge Trestle
D&RG Narrow Gauge Trestle
|Nearest city||Cimarron, Colorado|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Pratt truss|
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|Added to NRHP||June 18, 1976|
The D&RG Narrow Gauge Trestle (Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Narrow Gauge Trestle) is a narrow gauge railroad trestle crossing of the Cimarron River, located near Cimarron, Colorado, United States. It is within Curecanti National Recreation Area, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The trestle was built in 1895 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad replacing a wooden trestle that was built sometime around 1882. The trestle was originally 288 feet (88 m) long but only a small portion of it remains today. Today the D&RG Narrow Gauge Trestle is the last remaining railroad trestle along the Black Canyon of the Gunnison route.
The bridge has a steam locomotive, boxcar, and caboose on display (all from the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge). The steam locomotive is D&RGW #278, a 2-8-0 built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1882. The D&RGW used the designation C-16 for this class of locomotive; the letter C stands for consolidation (2-8-0) and the 16 for the number of thousands of pounds of tractive effort of the locomotive, in this case, 16,000 pounds of tractive effort. The boxcar, D&RGW #3132, was built in 1904 by the American Car and Foundry. Caboose #0577 was manufactured in 1886.
Since July 2010, the D&RG Narrow Gauge Trestle and the rail equipment displayed on it, including the D&RGW #278 steam locomotive, have been in the process of being cosmetically restored. The completion of the entire restoration process will occur no later than 2016.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- D&RGW-related Steam Locomotive Rosters
- National Park Service - Cimarron Train Restoration Project
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