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November 16, 2017 04:35PM avatar
Andrew Roth Wrote:
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> Hi,
> That date of May 1949 is interesting because that
> same month is when No. 74 arrived on the RGS and
> went into service.
> Andy

Andrew,

your answer is right here [riograndesouthern.com]

To Quote Mike Trent :
Also, in the spring of 1948, Rocky Mountain Railroad Club member and Excursion Chairman E.J. "Ed" Haley met with Rio Grande Southern Receiver Mr. Pierpont Fuller, Jr. to discuss the Club Excursion that year over the southwest Colorado Narrow Gauge line. The Rio Grande Southern ran from Durango to Ridgway, Colorado, and was in the last years of its existence. The little railroad's determination to survive had been matched by its creativity and ingenuity, but it had lasted about as long as it could and Club members were anxious to see the line as often as possible before it was too late. During the discussion, Fuller lamented the "high cost" of leasing D&RGW K-27 class engines to meet the railroad's motive power needs. The road's own power was pretty well worn out by that time, and leasing had seemed to be the only option. When Haley asked, "Why don't you buy some engines?"

Fuller answered, "Where in the world am I going to find narrow gauge engines for sale?"

Haley replied, "Right here in Denver at Morse Bros. are the biggest engines the C&S owned, and they are for sale."

Negotiations were underway with the Cerro de Pasco at that time, which precluded consideration of the 75 and 76. However, the 74 was still available and so, in November 1948, Engine No.74 was sold to the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, and shipped to her last curtain call in Ridgway, Colorado.


Cheers from Under

Chris
in New Zealand
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