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#476's (and #478's) break-in run - fifty years ago . . . (Alamosa)

May 17, 2018 11:01PM avatar
Hi, All -

Ernie Robart recently loaned me a few of his historic b&w negatives to scan,* and due to #476's recent return to service I thought some of you might appreciate these initial efforts.  My equipment is pretty good – a NIKON Coolscan 9000 and Ed Hamrick's superb VueScan software – but my scanning and retouching skills are strictly amateur, so please blame any shortcomings in the following on me, and not on Ernie's photography.

Two Silverton Train K-28's spent the winter of 1967-68 undergoing Class 5 repairs in Alamosa.  Here they are early on the frosty morning of April 23, 1968, being readied for a break-in run to Lava Loop and return:
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Photo Copyright © 1968, 2018 by Ernest W. Robart - ALL Rights Reserved.

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Photo Copyright © 1968, 2018 by Ernest W. Robart - ALL Rights Reserved.

Per Ernie's notes, the engineer on #476 that day was Steve Connor; his fireman was Johnny Teem:
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Photo Copyright © 1968, 2018 by Ernest W. Robart - ALL Rights Reserved.

Engineer Johnny Lira and #478 lead the way through the yard; I think that's Road Foreman of Engines Jim Pearce riding the front step of the tender:
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Photo Copyright © 1968, 2018 by Ernest W. Robart - ALL Rights Reserved.

The engines are coupled to caboose 04343, and the "train" is ready to roll:
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Photo Copyright © 1968, 2018 by Ernest W. Robart - ALL Rights Reserved.

Note what appear to be several transformers loaded on narrow gauge flats — does anyone know what they were and where they were headed?
(Not west of Tunnel #1, I presume.)

Also note the semi- puzzle switch, with only a standard-gauge track diverging — it has two frogs, but no "toad" "tadpole".   (See [ngdiscussion.net] et seq.)

(To be continued.)

- El Abuelo Histœrico, Greengo y Curmudgeoño de los Locomoturas Viejos y Verdes,
aka Der Grossväterlich DünkelOlivGrünDampfKesselMantelLiebHabender


*  "A few" = nearly 450!



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I didn't Photoshop it....

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