D&RGW 2-8-0 No. 315 to run on C&TS for five years

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Former Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 315 leads a photographers' special.
Jerry Day
CHAMA, N.M. — Denver & Rio Grande Western 2-8-0 No. 315 will be running on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic until at least 2022, the locomotive’s owners announced this week.

Locomotive No. 315 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1895 for the Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad and eventually worked on the D&RGW’s three-foot gauge routes in Colorado and New Mexico. After being retired in 1949, No. 315 was put on display in Durango, Colo. The Durango Railroad Historical Society restored the locomotive to operation in 2007 and since then it has operated on the C&TS and the Durango & Silverton.

No. 315 was brought to the C&TS in 2016 and has operated there off and on ever since, usually on special excursions and charters. This week, the historical society and the C&TS announced that the locomotive would stay until at least 2022, when it is due for a federally mandated inspection and overhaul. The historical society has agreed to contract with the C&TS to complete that work.

Historical society policy allows No. 315 to be operated only occasionally a few times a year. In 2017, the locomotive was used on a Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic photo charter along with 2-8-2 No. 463, which had been disguised as a Rio Grande Southern “Mudhen.” The Friends of the C&TS are already planning at least two charters with No. 315 later in 2018, one in June and another in the fall.

More information is available online.
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