A Tale of Two Gondolas, Part V; The Life & Times of D&RGW 1646

D&RGW 1646 was built in December of 1903 by American Car & Foundry of St. Louis, Missouri. No. 1646 was right about the middle of a group of 400 gondolas, numbered 1500 to 1899 built for the Rio Grande between November 1903 and January 1904. No. 1646 cost the railroad …

A Tale of Two Gondolas Part IV; the Life & Times of D&RGW 768

Denver & Rio Grande Western drop bottom gondola No. 768 was built in 1904 by American Car & Foundry as part of a group of 100 cars intended to haul coal. In its original configuration, the drop doors were operated by long levers on the ends of the car. Beginning …

A Tale of Two Gondolas, Part III; The cars arrive. Now what?!?!

The two cars were moved to Como on July 26 and 27, and I got my first good look at them on August 2 when I came back to Como for a track workday. 1646 looked good at first, then I climbed the side and looked inside to see that …

A tale of two gondolas Part II – Pick a car, any car. Just not that car…

By early July, planning for moving the cars from Florence was underway and everything was going along well. Then I got a call from the group that I was purchasing 1083 from. They told me that apparently the owner of one of the sites in Florence where the cars were …

A Tale of Two Gondolas; Part I

It started out simply enough; a chance to preserve a Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow-gauge railcar in a completely original state, essentially untouched since it last ran over Cumbres Pass in a freight train over half a century ago. While D&RGW narrow gauge freight cars are not exactly uncommon, …