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Copper Belt Railroad

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(All locomotives were lettered as "C. B. R. R.", although the original articles of incorporation used "Railway"; a very large percentage of later references use "Railroad")

Locomotives

Road
Number
Builder
Number
Builder
Date
Date Delivered
By Lima
Lima Class D&RGW
Class
Date Retired
By D&RGW
Notes
CBRR 1 598 Apr 1900 26 Apr 1900 (to SL&M)
5 Jan 1901 (to CB)
Class C, 50 Tons, Three-truck Y-21 Aug 1924 1
CBRR 2 843 Jan 1904 1 Jan 1904 Class C, 65 Tons, Three-truck Y-25 Oct 1925 2
CBRR 3 761 Apr 1904 9 Apr 1904 Class C, 85 Tons, Three-truck Y-32 Dec 1934 3
CBRR 4 1585 Nov 1905 20 Nov 1905 Class C, 85 Tons, Three-truck Y-33 Oct 1925 4
CBRR 5 1801 Dec 1906 20 Dec 1906 Class C, 85 Tons, Three-truck Y-33 May 1936 5

General Notes:

a. All five locomotives were built by Lima; all were "standard" Lima three-cylinder, three-truck Shay locomotives.
b. All five locomotives passed to Denver & Rio Grande in the 1908 reorganization that created that railroad; D&RG was reorganized again in 1921 as Denver & Rio Grande Western.
c. Copper Belt numbers 3, 4 and 5 were three of only six 85-ton, 3-truck Shay locomotives built by Lima.
d. Sources include:
  "Locomotives of the Rio Grande", Colorado Railroad Museum, page 59.
  ShayLocomotives.com
e. The five Copper Belt Shay locomotives had the following specifications:
  Road
Number
Cylinders Drivers Operating
Weight
Date Electric
Headlight Installed
  CBRR 1 (3) 12-1/2x15 inches 32 inches 135,400 pounds Jun 1920
  CBRR 2 (3) 12x15 inches 32 inches 150,200 pounds Feb 1920
  CBRR 3 (3) 14-1/2x15 inches 40 inches 200,000 pounds Jul 1920
  CBRR 4 (3) 14-1/2x15 inches 40 inches 200,000 pounds Feb 1920
  CBRR 5 (3) 14-1/2x15 inches 40 inches 200,000 pounds Feb 1920

Notes:

1. Copper Belt no. 1 was built as Salt Lake & Mercur Railroad no. 7, delivered in April 1900; transferred to Copper Belt railroad in the first week of January 1901; to D&RG no. 1, then D&RGW no. 1; sold to Morse Brothers Machinery Company in Denver, Colorado in September 1924; to Utah Construction Company at Guernsey, Wyoming in July 1925; scrapped. (ShayLocomotives.com photo)
2. Copper Belt no. 2 arrived at Bingham on January 12, 1904; became D&RG no. 2, then D&RGW no. 2; sold to Morse Brothers Machinery Company in Denver, Colorado on July 28, 1926; to McGoldrick Lumber Company no. 2 on July 15, 1927, in service at Sanders, Idaho, then in service at Emida, Idaho by late January 1928; wrecked and sent to Lima for repairs by November 1929; noted as not repairable; scrapped in May 1947. (ShayLocomotives.com photo)
3.

Copper Belt no. 3, as Lima construction no. 761, has been reported as being built in March 1903, for the Ecuadorian Association's 42-inch gauge Guayaquil & Quito Railway, as G&Q no. 17. Lima construction no. 762 had similar, possibly identical specifications, and may have also been built as another G&Q locomotive. The order was cancelled and the two locomotives remained at Lima awaiting new buyers. Lima construction no. 761 was converted from 42-inch gauge (as G&Q no. 17), to standard gauge and sold to Copper Belt a year later as their no. 3, in April 1904.

Copper Belt no. 3 arrived in Salt Lake City on April 27, 1904, and made it first trip on Copper Belt tracks on April 30, 1904.

Copper Belt no. 3 became D&RG no. 3, then D&RGW no. 3; sold in June 1928 to (?); scrapped at Salt Lake City in December 1934. (ShayLocomotives.com photo)

4. Copper Belt no. 4 was built as "R.G.W. 4", became D&RG no. 4, then D&RGW no. 4; retired in October 1925; scrapped at Salt Lake City in March 1926. (ShayLocomotives.com photo)
5. Copper Belt no. 5 became D&RG no. 5 (lettered for D&RG in March 1922), then D&RGW no. 5; scrapped at Salt Lake City in May 1936. (ShayLocomotives.com photo) (GearedSteam.com photo)

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