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Date: 11/27/18 02:35
Some Steam Locomotives Were Able To Compete With Their Scenery!
Author: LoggerHogger

The scenery surrounding all railroads was definitely not created equally.  There were some railroads that operated in this countries most spectacular mountain regions where the grandeur of their surroundings was breath taking.  The Denver & Rio Grande was just such a railroad.

The D&RG sported some impressive steam power in August 1947 when this portrait of 2-8-8-2 #3406 was taken in the yards at Helper, Utah.  Finally there was a locomotive that was impressive enough to stand out amongst this incredible mountain backdrop.

Martin



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 11/27/18 02:47 by LoggerHogger.




Date: 11/27/18 06:46
Re: Some Steam Locomotives Were Able To Compete With Their Scener
Author: mcdeo

Thank you for sharing. I hadn't noticed before how small that tender is. I guess there were plenty of water towers on the lines. 

Mike ONeill
Parker, CO
Colorado Photos



Date: 11/27/18 06:57
Re: Some Steam Locomotives Were Able To Compete With Their Scener
Author: tomstp

Green River Wyo falls into that catagory too.



Date: 11/27/18 07:20
Re: Some Steam Locomotives Were Able To Compete With Their Scener
Author: BAB

Ok just asking, fellow above commented about the water capacity of the tender, isnt it a helper engine which doesnt need a large one most of the time?   Know Martin has the answer for that. Boyd in Chiloquin where the weather is doing something...............wet.



Date: 11/27/18 08:24
Re: Some Steam Locomotives Were Able To Compete With Their Scener
Author: wingomann

It's too bad that Rio Grande didn't save one of these and put it on display next to one of their narrow gauge loco's.  It would have been an impressive display.  Like how the California State Railroad Museum did that with the SP 1 (4-2-4) and the SP 4294 (4-8-8-2).



Date: 11/27/18 10:18
Re: Some Steam Locomotives Were Able To Compete With Their Scener
Author: callum_out

It's too bad the Rio Grande didn't save any standard gauge steam on their own!

Out



Date: 11/27/18 11:23
Re: Some Steam Locomotives Were Able To Compete With Their Scener
Author: PHall

callum_out Wrote:
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> It's too bad the Rio Grande didn't save any
> standard gauge steam on their own!
>
> Out

The Rio Grande has never had an excess of cash. They were figuring on the money from the scrap value of the locomotives to pay the bills.



Date: 11/28/18 19:26
Re: Some Steam Locomotives Were Able To Compete With Their Scener
Author: atsf121

callum_out Wrote:
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> It's too bad the Rio Grande didn't save any
> standard gauge steam on their own!
>
> Out

Was thinking the same thing as I was enjoying the wonderful photo.  Helper, UT is still a fun place to visit and enjoy the trains surrounded by great scenery.  

Nathan



Date: 11/30/18 13:02
Re: Some Steam Locomotives Were Able To Compete With Their Scener
Author: Kimball

I always figured the long loco with short tender thing was basically driven by available turntable lengths?



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