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SN ENGINE HOUSE RESTORATION GETS UNDERWAY.

Restoration work on the Silverton and Northern RR engine house Silverton has started. The first task was to empty the house of the many items that had been stored there over the years. Last week we finished moving heavy parts for track, car and locomotive 315 to a boxcar. Most of the paint, oil and other supplies were boxed so they are ready to move out. We also took down the remaining mining supplies still on the walls.

Hotter Construction removed the lower layer of old corrugated panels from around three sides of the engine house and the remaining covers from windows. Maisel Excavation dug a shallow trench a few inches below the foundation along the east and south walls, monitored by archeologist Mona Charles, who found only a few RR and mining artifacts – and a small toy plastic jeep. Scott Craig completed re-pointing about half of the east foundation, and started replacing the rotted sill at the north end of the east side.

This week we will have a work session in Silverton this Mon, Jun 17, 10am and Wed, Jun 19, 10am to move more material and supplies from the engine house to the boxcar bodies. This is a joint restoration project between the San Juan County Historical Society and the DRHS with funding from the Colorado State Historical Fund. Much of the restoration work itself will be carried out by contractors.

 

315 MIXED PHOTO SPECIAL.

One-Day Locomotive 315 Photo Freight Charter Saturday August 3, 2019

The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc. and the Durango Railroad Historical Society are jointly offering a one day mixed train over the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad operating from Antonito to Chama. This mixed train will include several freight cars, an open rider gondola, restored historic coach #292 and a caboose.
 

FARES

$225/person Friends & DRHS Members

$250/person General Public

SCHEDULE.


Depart Antonito: 8:30am
Arrive Chama: 6:00pm
Return Antonito: 7:15pm Via Motorcoach

A morning motor coach will depart from Chama at 7.00am arriving in Antonito at 8.00am. The cost to ride the bus will be $25.00/ per person.

Lunch at Osier is included in the price of the fare plus water and snacks on the train during the trip. Runbys planned for numerous locations on the westbound journey. We are limiting the capacity to 50 passengers. Reservation cutoff is Monday July 22 to determine if there is enough demand to operate the charter.

Call the Friends Office in Albuquerque at 505-880-1311 for reservations.

315 TO REMAIN AT C&TS UNTIL 2022.

After a very successful 2017 season running on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, the Durango Railroad Historical Society (DRHS), owners of the restored ex-DRGW C-18, #315 and the C&TS have announced that the locomotive will remain on C&TS for the next five years until the end of the 2022 season.

In 2022 the 315 will be due for its 15-year Federal Railroad Administration major inspection. C&TS has offered to carry out this task and the DRHS have agreed to contract them to do so with help from some of the 315’s regular maintenance crew.

After operating on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in August 2016, the 315 was transported to the C&TS where it operated a number of specials during the remainder of the year and throughout 2017.

While DRHS policy only allows the 315 to be operated occasionally during the year, DRHS, C&TS, and the Friends of the C&TS will be scheduling excursions using the 315 during 2018 through 2022. News of the excursions will be posted here as well as the C&TS website. The Friends of the C&TS have already planned some of their excusrions and details can be found HERE. Enquiries about chartering the 315 may be sent to either Scott Gibbs, DRHS Chief of 315 Operations at sgibbs908@gmail.com or Ed Beaudette, C&TS Manager of Engineering & Operations at ebeaudette@cumbrestoltec.com

 

 

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