Rio Grande derrick moved to permanent display in Colorado

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Rio Grande derrick No. 029 moves toward Granby, Colo., at Tolland, Colo., on April 14.
Dave Schaaf
GRANBY, Colo. — Union Pacific delivered a 1913 steam-powered derrick from Denver to a museum in Granby, Colo., on Saturday.
The railroad provided a crew and locomotives to move derrick No. 029 to the Moffat Road Railroad Museum.
The derrick was originally Denver & Salt Lake No. 10300 and was built by Industrial Works in Bay City, Mich. The Denver & Salt Lake Railway was merged into the Denver & Rio Grande Western in 1947. This derrick was stationed in Denver until 1978, when it was re-assigned to Salt Lake City. At about the same time, it was converted from coal to oil as a fuel. Rio Grande retired the derrick in the late 1980s and under private ownership was stored at Burnham Yard in Denver in December 2000.
The derrick would most likely not be here today if not for the efforts of Richard Sumsion in Utah and Daniel Quiat in Colorado.
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