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D&RGW Diesel Locomotive Roster, Part 5

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Diesel locomotives of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, from EMD GP9 no. 5901 through EMD NW2 no. 7000, along with miscellaneous motor cars and steam boiler cars.

Roster Listing

EMD GP9 -- 24 units
1750 horsepower; B-B trucks; operating weight: (see general notes, below)

Road
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
D&RGW 5901 Apr 1955 20515 20 Feb 1972 Traded to EMD on GP40-2s 3094-3105.
D&RGW 5902 Apr 1955 20516 25 Apr 1984 Sold to Mid America Car, Kansas City, Kans., in June 1984; leased to Kyle Railways 5902 in July 1984; sold to Railtex in December 1986; to Austin & Northwestern 22 in February 1987.
D&RGW 5903 Apr 1955 20517 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991; to South Orient 200 in February 1992.
D&RGW 5904 Apr 1955 20518 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991; to South Orient 201 in February 1992; to Dallas, Garland & Northeastern 201 in 1994; to Mid America Car, Kansas City, Kansas, in 1994; to Midwest Rail Contractors 201 in 1996.
D&RGW 5911 May 1955 20519 25 Apr 1984 Sold to Mid America Car, Kansas City, Kans., in June 1984; sold to Kyle Railways 5911 in July 1984; sold to Railtex in December 1986; to Austin & Northwestern (AUNW) 33 in March 1987; rebuilt to slug by to National Railway Equipment, completed as Missouri & North Arkansas (MNA) 4163. (This is not the locomotive that is currently in service as Carrizo Gorge Railway (CZRY) 5911, per frame checks by Norm Metcalf and Bob Lehmuth; both sides have been checked as frame number 5398-9, which makes it ex D&RGW 5921.)
D&RGW 5912 May 1955 20520 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991.
D&RGW 5913 May 1955 20521 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991.
D&RGW 5914 May 1955 20522 25 Apr 1984 Sold to Mid America Car, Kansas City, Kans., in June 1984; leased to Kyle railways 5914 in July 1984; to Loram 401; to Habco-Loram DC-1.
D&RGW 5921 Jun 1955 20523 10 Apr 1984 Sold to Mid America Car, Kansas City, Kans., in June 1984; leased to Kyle Railways 5921 in July 1984; sold to Railtex in December 1986; to San Diego & Imperial Valley Railway (SDIV) 5911; San Diego & Imperial Valley Railway reorganized as San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad (SDIY); in service on Carrizo Gorge Railway (CZRY) as SDIY 5911. (updated based on information from Norm Metcalf, 30 March 2005; frame-checked as 5398-9, both sides, which is ex D&RGW 5921)
D&RGW 5922 Jun 1955 20524 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991; to South Orient 202 in February 1992; to Dallas, Garland & Northeastern 202 in 1994.
D&RGW 5923 Jun 1955 20525 Jan 1977 Sold to Utah Power & Light, Castle Gate, Utah in January 1977.
D&RGW 5924 Jun 1955 20526 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991; to South Orient 205 in February 1992; to Mid America Car, Kansas City, Kansas, in 1994; to Midwest Rail Contractors 205 in 1996.
D&RGW 5931 Jul 1956 22068 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991.
D&RGW 5932 Jul 1956 22069 10 Apr 1984 Sold to Mid America Car, Kansas City, Kans., in June 1984; leased to Kyle Railways 5932 in July 1984; sold to Railtex in December 1986; to Austin & Northwestern (AUNW) 55 in May 1987; in service on Central Oregon & Pacific (still as AUNW 55); scrapped in September 1996; frame sold to MK Rail, Boise, Idaho in October 1996, frame used by Boise Locomotive Co., Boise, Idaho, to build MP1500D demonstrator MPEX 1501, completed on 15 May 1997.
D&RGW 5933 Jul 1956 22070 10 May 1977 Wrecked on 15 July 1975 at Crater, Colorado; sold to Itel Equipment Management Co., 10 May 1977; sold to Illinois Central Gulf; rebuilt to GP8 by ICG, Paducah, Kentucky, completed as ICG 7800 on 12 July 1977.
D&RGW 5934 Jul 1956 22071 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991.
D&RGW 5941 Jul 1956 22072 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991; to South Orient 204 in February 1992; to Sweetwater Central 204; wrecked and stripped of major components leaving not much more than a frame and cab; in Texas South Orient paint; last owned/operated by Gulf Colorado and San Saba; sold to S&S Shortline Leasing; salvaged/scrapped at GCSR Brady, Texas, by S&S on 31 May 2012. (2012 update from Dan Robirds, email dated July 18, 2012)
D&RGW 5942 Jul 1956 22073 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991; to South Orient 203 in February 1992; to Sweetwater Central 203; missing air compressor, some handrails and steps; in Texas South Orient paint no. 203; last owned/operated by Gulf Colorado and San Saba; sold to S&S Shortline Leasing; salvaged/scrapped at GCSR Brady, Texas by S&S on 1 June 2012. (2012 update from Dan Robirds, email dated July 18, 2012)
D&RGW 5943 Jul 1956 22074 10 May 1977 Wrecked on 19 April 1976 at Salt Lake City, Utah; sold to Itel Equipment Management Co., 10 May 1977; sold to Illinois Central Gulf; rebuilt to GP10 by ICG, Paducah, Kentucky, completed as ICG 8323 on 8 November 1977.
D&RGW 5944 Jul 1956 22075 20 Jun 1984 Sold to Mid America Car, Kansas City, Kans., in June 1984; leased to Kyle Railways 5944 in July 1984; sold to Railtex in December 1986; to Austin & Northwestern 44 in April 1987; to Central Oregon & Pacific; to Willamette & Pacific 1802 (2nd); moved to Central Oregon & Pacific; scrapped in September 1996; frame sold to MK Rail, Boise, Idaho in October 1996.
D&RGW 5951 Jul 1956 22076 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991.
D&RGW 5952 Jul 1956 22077 10 Apr 1984 Sold to Mid America Car, Kansas City, Kans., in June 1984; leased to Kyle Railways 5952 in July 1984; sold to Railtex in December 1986; to Austin & Northwestern 11 in January 1987; rebuilt to slug by National Railway Equipment (retaining full GP9 car body, but with dynamic braking removed); completed as Missouri & North Arkansas 4164.
D&RGW 5953 Jul 1956 22078 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991.
D&RGW 5954 Jul 1956 22079 3 Oct 1991 Sold to National Railway Equipment in October 1991.

General Note:

a. D&RGW 5901-5904, 5911-5914, 5921-5924 were Class DE B-B 60.
b. D&RGW 5931-5934, 5941-5944, 5951-5954 were Class DE B-B 61.
c. D&RGW 5901-5904, 5911-5914, 5921-5924 had 246,700 pounds operating weight
d. D&RGW 5931-5934, 5941-5944, 5951-5954 had 250,200 pounds operating weight
e. D&RGW 5951 and 5953 were equipped with snowplow pilots while assigned to local service in Alamosa.
f. Two D&RGW GP9s were equipped with pilot snowplows for service on the Monarch Branch, stationed in Salida. (D&RGW AFE 4395, dated October 20, 1956, courtesy of Jerry Day)
g. D&RGW 5942 and 5943 were wrecked on 16 September 1969 at Maysville (on Monarch Branch), Colorado; repaired by EMD and returned to service in May 1970; did not receive new image large lettering.
h. D&RGW 5902 repainted in early October 1974 with new image large lettering.
i. D&RGW 5902, 5911, 5914, 5921, 5932, 5944, and 5952 (seven units, along with the last GP7, 5108) were sold to Mid America Car in Kansas City in April and June 1984 in partial payment for the painting of the 23 ex Conrail GP40s.
j. D&RGW 5901-5924 (12 units) were built under EMD order number 5398.
k. D&RGW 5931-5954 (12 units) were built under EMD order number 5469.
   

Alco PA-1 -- 4 units
2000 horsepower; A1A-A1A trucks; 307,000 pounds operating weight

Road
Number
First
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
D&RGW 6001 D&RGW 600A Jan 1947 74684 20 Jul 1967 Sold to Precision Engineering Co., Mount Vernon, Illinois, 20 July 1967, scrapped.
D&RGW 6003 D&RGW 600C Feb 1947 74685 20 Jul 1967 Sold to Precision Engineering Co., Mount Vernon, Illinois, 20 July 1967, scrapped.
D&RGW 6011 D&RGW 601A Apr 1947 74686 20 Dec 1967 Traded to EMD on SD45s 5315-5324.
D&RGW 6013 D&RGW 601C Apr 1947 74687 20 Jul 1967 Sold to Precision Engineering Co., Mount Vernon, Illinois, 20 July 1967, scrapped.

General Note:

a. D&RGW Class DE A1A-A1A 48.
b. Delivered as part of 6,000 horsepower A-B-A sets, numbered D&RGW 600 and 601; renumbered in March 1950, with the A-units receiving 1 and 3 as fourth digits, and the B-units receiving 2 as fourth digits.
c. Fitted with steam generators.
d. The Alco PA and PB units were replaced in California Zephyr service in 1953; after that time, they likely never operated west of Grand Junction, Colorado.
   

Alco PB-1 -- 2 units
2000 horsepower; A1A-A1A trucks; 307,000 pounds operating weight

Road
Number
First
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
D&RGW 6002 D&RGW 600B Feb 1947 74702 16 Aug 1965 Rebuilt to steam generator car 253 in October 1965.
D&RGW 6012 D&RGW 601B Apr 1947 74703 10 May 1965 Rebuilt to steam generator car 252 in July 1965.

General Note:

a. D&RGW Class DE A1A-A1A 48.
b. Delivered as part of 6,000 horsepower A-B-A sets, numbered D&RGW 600 and 601; renumbered in March 1950, with the A-units receiving 1 and 3 as fourth digits, and the B-units receiving 2 as fourth digits.
c. Fitted with steam generators.
d. The Alco PA and PB units were replaced in California Zephyr service in 1953; after that time, they likely never operated west of Grand Junction, Colorado.
   

EMC NW2 -- 1 unit
1000 horsepower; B-B trucks; 248,900 pounds operating weight

Road
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Notes
D&RGW 7000 Jan 1941 1313 Renumbered to D&RGW 100, 13 September 1941.

General Notes:

a. D&RGW Class DE B-B 61
b. Built as D&RGW 7000, the road's first diesel locomotive; delivered on 22 January 1941.
   

Miscellaneous Equipment

Budd Railcar -- 2 units
192 horsepower; B truck; 131,120 pounds operating weight

Road
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
D&RGW M1 Nov 1941   1945 Returned to Budd.
D&RGW M2 Nov 1941   1945 Returned to Budd.

General Note:

a. D&RGW M1 and M2 were two-car stainless steel diesel-electric motor car sets operating as "The Prospector" between Denver and Salt Lake City.
b. M1, also known as Train 1, consisted of two cars, "John Evans" and "David H. Moffat."
c. M2, also known as Train 2, consisted of two cars, "Brigham Young" and Heber C. Kimball."
d. Equipped with two six-cylinder Hercules diesel engines.
e. Car layout included sections serving as coach, Pullman, and roomettes.
f. Returned to Budd in 1945 due to unsatisfactory performance.
   

Yard Slug -- 1 unit
B-B trucks; 241,000 pounds operating weight

Road
Number
Rebuild
Date
Rebuilt
From
Date
Retired
Notes
D&RGW 25 Jun 1953 D&RGW VO660 68 15 Sep 1971 1

General Note:

a. D&RGW 25 was rebuilt by D&RGW's Denver shops from retired Baldwin VO660 switcher 68.
b. Equipped with large train-phone antenna to allow radio communication between the hump switcher and the hump yard control tower.
c. Operated with H15-44s 151 and 152 as hump switcher on the new East Yard hump yard in Grand Junction, Colorado.
d. After H15-44s 151 and 152 were retired in early 1966, the slug was matched with SW1200 130 for continued service on the Grand Junction hump yard. The new combination was not fully successful and the slug was soon removed from service, and stored until retirement in September 1971.
e. (Photos of D&RGW slug no. 25, while in storage at Salt Lake City's Roper Yard)

Note:

1. Stored at Grand Junction, Colo, after retirement; moved to Burnham shops in Denver in August 1972 and converted to scale test car by removal of traction motors and control equipment; moved to Salt Lake City and used briefly to test the weigh-in-motion scale there; not satisfactory in that service; stored at Salt Lake City until retired in 1978; sold for scrap to Luria Brothers, Denver, Colorado, in June 1978; unit not movable because of lack of air brakes; scrapped in place for Luria Bros. by Intermountain Steel & Supply, Salt Lake City, Utah.
   

Davenport-Bessler 30 ton -- 1 unit (narrow gauge)
2-axle, side rod connected; 60,000 pounds operating weight

Road
Number
First
Number
Date To
D&RGW
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
D&RGW 50 SV 101 Dec 1963 May 1937 2245 1964 Sold to Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad, a tourist railroad in Felton, California, in March 1970.

General Note:

a. D&RGW 50 was purchased in December 1963 from Edward Hines Lumber Co. (Sumpter Valley Railway, SV), for narrow gauge switching service at Durango, Colorado.
b. Removed from active service in 1964; stored at Durango until sold in 1970.
   

Steam Generator Cars -- 4 cars

Road
Number
Rebuild
Date
Rebuilt
From
Date
Retired
Date
Retired
Notes
D&RGW 250 May 1953 (steam tender) Sep 1987 3 Oct 1991 1
D&RGW 251 Jun 1953 (steam tender) Sep 1987 3 Oct 1991 1
D&RGW 252 Jul 1965 PB-1 6012 Sep 1987 3 Oct 1991 2
D&RGW 253 Oct 1965 PB-1 6002 Sep 1987 (sold late 1987) 3

General Notes:

  1. D&RGW steam generator cars 250 and 251 were rebuilt in May and June 1953 from tenders removed from retired L-105 class, Baldwin 4-6-6-4 steam locomotives 3703 and 3709, respectively, and two steam generators in each car removed from D&RGW 5492, 5493, 5502, or 5503 FT booster diesel road locomotives; total cost of conversion was recorded as $77821.46. (The AFE for the conversion of the two steam generator cars states that the steam generators came from "549 & 550 series Diesel Road Locomotives.") (D&RGW AFE 3104, dated December 31, 1953, from John Templeton)
  2. D&RGW 250 was assigned to Salt Lake City, Utah.
    D&RGW 251 was assigned to Denver, Colorado.
  3. D&RGW steam generator cars 252 and 253 were rebuilt in July and October 1965 from retired Alco PB passenger locomotives; total cost of conversion was recorded as $24504.14. (D&RGW AFE 6588, dated December 31, 1965, from John Templeton)
  4. D&RGW 253 was equipped with EMD Blomberg trucks in September 1980. (based on dated photographs)
  5. All four steam generator cars were retired in September 1987 and removed from service upon the start up of the new HEP equipped ski train. (D&RGW AFE 9561, from John Templeton)

Notes:

  1. D&RGW 250 and 251 were sold for scrap in late 1991 to Duwald Steel, Denver, Colorado.
  2. D&RGW 252 was removed from passenger service in late 1983, and transferred to Salt Lake City as stand-by stationary steam power; D&RGW 252 was sold for scrap in late 1991 to Duwald Steel, Denver, Colorado.
  3. D&RGW 253 was sold to Ansco Investment Company in late 1987 (Ansco was incorporated on October 7, 1987), along with the rest of D&RGW's Winter Park Ski Train equipment. Ansco 253 was converted to HEP (Hotel Electric Power) power car "Moffat Tunnel" by Denver Railway Car Co.; completed in late December 1987; changed to "Joseph G. Harris"; out of service in January 2001 with the arrival and successful continued operation of HEP-equipped former Amtrak F40PH locomotives in 1998; sold in September 2006 to Canadian National's Algoma Central Railway, renumbered ACR 78.

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