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Date: 06/15/19 04:41
South Park Rail Society C&S 8027 Boxcar
Author: cozephyr

South Park Rail Society moved restored Colorado & Southern 8027 narrow gauge boxcar to Como, Colorado, 10 June 2019.  Rebuilt track 5 behind the Denver, South Park & Pacific RR Como Roundhouse was built to display the boxcar.

Work done on C&S No.8027- We got the new (at least to No. 8027) "A" end needle beam and queen posts installed. The pine needle beam started out as a D&RGW high side gondola side sill, then became a D&RGW 3000 series boxcar needle beam and is now on C&S 8027.  As a side note, the side and intermediate sill spacing is the same on a D&RGW 3000 series boxcar and C&S 8027.  We were able to use the original bolt holes in the needle beam. We also got the 8027 jacked up with the "A" end truck rolled out so work can start on swapping out the body bolster.

BNSF Railway donated $3,500.00 towards funding the transportation of 8027 to Como! Thank you BNSF! 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/15/19 04:42 by cozephyr.






Date: 06/15/19 04:47
History-C&S 8027 Boxcar
Author: cozephyr

The History of Boxcar 8027 Colorado & Southern 8027 is the sole known survivor of a group of 40 such cars built in December of 1898 by the St. Charles car Company of Missouri. Ordered by C&S predecessor Union Pacific Denver & Gulf, the cars were built the month the C&S was formed and were delivered lettered for the new Colorado & Southern and numbered 8025 to 8064. The “St. Charles” boxcars were wood framed, 30 feet long and rode on standard arch bar trucks. 

The cars survived long enough to receive major overhauls at the C&S’s Denver shops around 1930 and a few survived to the end of most C&S narrow gauge operations in 1941. C&S records indicate that 8027 was “Dismantled” in Denver in January of 1939.  Stripped of its metal parts, the carbody was sold to a farmer east of Boulder where it was used as a calving shed and general storage until early 2005.

Acquired by a private owner in 2005, the car was slowly restored over the next several years.
  C&S 8027 has been donated to and is now owned by the South Park Rail Society.

Track laying continued at Como, CO, 14 June 2019.




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/15/19 04:49 by cozephyr.






Date: 06/15/19 06:20
Re: History-C&S 8027 Boxcar
Author: CPRR

Nice! It would make a easy car to model any gauge. To think it survived this long is mind boggling, wow. Do you have any "before" photos to show us the condition it was in?

Also sg or ng?



Date: 06/15/19 06:26
Re: History-C&S 8027 Boxcar
Author: LarryDoyle

CPRR Wrote:
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> Nice! It would make a easy car to model any gauge.
> To think it survived this long is mind boggling,
> wow. Do you have any "before" photos to show us
> the condition it was in?
>
> Also sg or ng?

"Colorado" standard gauge, which was the same as narrow gauge elsewhere.

-LD



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/15/19 07:27 by LarryDoyle.



Date: 06/15/19 07:22
Re: History-C&S 8027 Boxcar
Author: highgreengraphics

Look for the previous post to show the "before" condition. === === = === JLH



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