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Date: 06/07/19 11:59
Denver Rock Island RR Stockyards Power
Author: cozephyr

Denver Stockyards locomotives owned by Denver Rock Island RR (DRIR); 553 SW8, 1083, SW1500 ex-SP 2480 and 417, NW2, ex-SLSF 257, Denver, CO.  Units stored behind metal fence 6 June 2019.

Tracks have meandered through the Denver Stockyards for years.  Denver Rock Island RR (DRIR) currently operates the tracks at the National Western Complex, Denver, Colorado.  Tracks will be removed in the coming year when new trackage is built along BNSF’s Brush Subdivision. New highway will run along the South Platte River next to the future Equestrian Center.

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Date: 06/07/19 12:10
Re: Denver Rock Island RR Stockyards Power
Author: Bob3985

More great video.

Bob Krieger
Cheyenne, WY



Date: 06/08/19 20:50
Re: Denver Rock Island RR Stockyards Power
Author: dt8089

We were able to catch the SW900m out and about on May 20 before our flight home from chasing the UP 4014.  But just FYI this unit was a former Rock Island SW900m 553 that was rebuilt by EMD in 1957 from an SC #525.  This unit worked at Coors as their number C987 before going to the Denver Rock Island and being renumbered as 553.  So it was cool to see this old Rock Island unit working on the former Rock Island in Denver.  Dan  






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