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Durango - January 29-February 15, 1952

April 30, 2012 11:13AM avatar
We finally get a train east out of Durango - the first one since Jan 2 - but the fun is not over yet.

Durango
Tuesday, January 29, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 200pm
Engine 453
Eng. Dieckman
Frm. Rhodes
For. Greathouse
Swm. J. Cummins, Gilleland

Extra East - Called 600am
Engine 478
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 488
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Pearce
Con. Bruce
Bkm. Henry, R. Murray
478 was the lead engine on this doubleheader. 478 found an iced over crossing at Falfa and derailed all 8 drivers. 478 was rerailed, set out at Falfa Siding and 488 continued to Chama by itself. 478 returned to Durango light engine.

This is the first train east since January 2, 1952.

Now we have a problem. The call book has the same train crew that went east to Chama on 1/29/52 working a Silverton Branch work train the next day. Which, of course can’t be done…. ???….


Durango
Wednesday, January 30, 1952

Work Extra Silverton – Called 600am
Engine 478
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Con. Bruce
Bkm Henry, R. Murray
478 and company are trying to get back up the canyon to rerail the long lost 476. They make little progress. After spending the night in the Canyon, they return to Durango on January 31.

Extra West arrives that evening.
No details are mentioned other than the power is 488 and 492. As there was only one engine crew that went to Chama (Buchanan and Pearce), where did the other engine crew come from? Deadhead crews are mentioned in the Call book, but there are no entries here. 492 seems have made a quick recovery from being stuck in the snow at Osier with a pulled front drawbar.


Durango
Thursday, January 31, 1952

No Crews Called.
Silverton Work Extra 478 of 1/30/52 returns to Durango.


Durango
Friday, February 1, 1952

Extra East – Called 300am

Engine 488
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 478
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Pearce
Con. Bruce
Bkm. Henry, R. Murray


Durango
Saturday, February 2, 1952

Extra West arrives early in the morning
Engine 488
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 478
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Pearce
Con. Bruce
Bkm. Henry, R. Murray


Durango
Sunday, February 3, 1952

No Crews Called


Durango
Monday, February 4, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House,
Frm. Houck
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins

Extra East – Called 115pm
Engine 488
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 492
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Pearce
Con. Bruce
Bkm. Henry, R. Murray



Durango
Tuesday, February 5, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House,
Frm. Houck
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins


Extra West Arrives that evening
Engine 488
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 492
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Pearce
Con. Bruce
Bkm. Henry, R. Murray



Durango
Wednesday, February 6, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House
Frm. Houck
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins


Extra Farmington – Called 1015am
Engine 478
Eng. Dieckman
Frm. Howe
Con. Bruce
Bkm. Henry, R. Murray

Extra East – Called 230pm
Engine 488
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 492
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Pearce
Con. Morgan
Bkm. Gibbs, S. Connor, Jr



Durango
Thursday, February 7, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House
Frm. Houck
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins

Work Extra Silverton - Called 900am
Engine 464
Eng. Dieckman
Frm. Pearce
Eng. 478
Eng. Howe
Frm. Headrick
Con. Bruce
Bkm. Henry, R. Murray
This was the first use of 464 since the last runs of the Rio Grande Southern in December 1951. The train fought its way to MP 486 where 476 has been entombed in a snow slide since January 21. They spend the rest of the day digging out and rerailing 476.

Extra West arrives in the afternoon
Engine 488
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 494
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Pearce
Con. Morgan
Bkm. Gibbs, S. Connor, Jr


Friday, February 8, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House
Frm. Houck
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins

Silverton Work Extra of 2/7/52 arrives that evening with 476 dead in train.
Engine 464
Eng. Dieckman
Frm. Pearce
Eng. 478
Eng. Howe
Frm. Headrick
Con. Bruce
Bkm. Henry, R. Murray


Durango
Saturday, February 9, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House
Frm. Houck
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins

Extra Farmington – Called 1030am
Engine 488
Eng. Dieckman
Frm. Howe
Con. Bruce
Bkm. Henry, R. Murray


Durango
Sunday, February 10, 1952

Extra East – Called 1000am
Engine 488
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 494
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. S. Connor
Con. Henry
Bkm. Gibbs, S. Connor, Jr.



Durango
Monday, February 11, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House
Frm. Houck
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins


Extra East – Called 100pm
Engine 478
Eng. Dieckman
Frm. Howe
Con. Bruce
Bkm. R. Murray, Morgan

Extra West arrives in the afternoon
Engine 490
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 499
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. S. Connor
Con. Henry
Bkm. Gibbs, S. Connor, Jr.



Durango
Tuesday, February 12, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House
Frm. Houck
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins


Extra East Light Engine Helper – Called 930am
Engine 490
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
490 ran light east to Gato where it turned and helped Extra 478 East back to Durango

Extra Farmington – Called 1000am
Engine 499
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Shock
Con. Henry
Bkm. Gibbs, S. Connor, Jr.

Extra West arrives in the afternoon
Engine 490 (helper)
Eng. Squires
Frm. Degani
Engine 478
Eng. Dieckman
Frm. Howe
Con. Bruce
Bkm. R. Murray, Morgan



Durango
Wednesday, February 13, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House
Frm. Rhodes
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins

Work Extra Silverton – Called 600am
Engine 464
Eng. Dieckman
Frm. Holt
Engine 478
Eng. Squires
Frm. Headrick
Con. Bruce
Bkm. R. Murray, Morgan
476 had not fully recovered from her adventure of being buried in the snow. She will be back tomorrow.

Extra East – Called 1100am
Engine 490
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Shock
Engine 499
Eng. Houck
Frm. S. Connor
Con. Henry
Bkm. Gibbs, S. Connor, Jr.


Durango
Thursday, February 14, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House
Frm. Rhodes
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins

Extra Farmington – Called 1000am
Engine 476
Eng. Howe
Frm. Degani
Con. Lyons
Bkm. Carter, Pearce
476 gets a nice break-in run to Farmington and back before being sent back to battle on the Silverton Branch.

Extra West arrives late that afternoon
Engine 490
Eng. Buchanan
Frm. Shock
Engine 488
Eng. Houck
Frm. S. Connor
Con. Henry
Bkm. Gibbs, S. Connor, Jr.


Durango
Friday, February 15, 1952

Durango Switcher – Called 730am
Engine 453
Eng. House
Frm. Rhodes
For. P,Murray
Swm. Greathouse, J. Cummins

Extra East – Called 130pm
Engine 490
Eng. Dieckman
Frm. Holt
No Trainmen are shown, but Squires and Degani are to deadhead to Chama.
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