Aug 6, 2010Public
Photo: 074-19.  View northerly over the main yards from the south.  The depot is behind the stone building at center right; the roundhouse is partially hidden behind the double spouted water tank.  The track going over the edge at left center was the beginning of the scrapped Rio Grande Southern.  The old car shops are at the left of the coal tower.  7/25/60.
Photo: 074-20.  The old roundhouse as viewed from the raised track for dumping coal into the coal tower bin.  
The engine at the left is K-36 #481; the one at the right is K-28 #478.  7/25/60.
Photo: 074-21.  View out from inside the old roundhouse.  The engine in the dark at left is K-36 #481; the engine approaching the turntable is K-28 #473.  The number of the engine by the sand house is unknown.  7/25/60.
Photo: 074-22.  K-36 #487 in yard  near the old car shop (out of sight to the left).  487 is not under steam.   Silver truss bridge visible behind engine front is a two lane highway bridge to West Durango and eventually to Mancos.  The parallel truss bridge visible over the flatcar is the old RGS bridge with D&RGW tracks on it to serve the large smelter (also out of sight to the left) across the Animas River.  This photo was taken while standing in the middle of the turntable.  7/25/60.
Photo: 074-23.  K-27 #464 stored in abandoned condition on a roundhouse turntable spur.  It had been the Durango switcher a few years earlier.  7/25/60.
Photo: 078-09.  Fireman's side of class K-27 #464 stored in abandoned condition on roundhouse turntable spur.  7/28/60.
Photo: 074-27.  Class K-28 engine #476 stopped over ash pit after morning coaling and sanding  It will pull forward, then back around the reverse loop to be coupled to the front of the once a day Silverton Train.    This engine has been in the Durango & Silverton RR Museum for several years and probably will never run again due to extensive frame damage and several other things.7/26/60.
Photo: 077-36.  View of old car shop and Class K-36 engine #487.  Edge of coaling tower is at far right with the sand house a little further away along the track.  The silver colored truss bridge visible just above the top of the flat car at left was the bridge used by the RGS on its way to Hesperus and Mancos.  Track remained on it at this time so the D&RGW could serve the smelter across the Animas River.  Perins Peak in the background.  7/28/60.
Photo: 077-37.  Front of sanding house and lower part of sand loading tower.  7/25/60.
Photo: 077-38.  Front of the sand loading tower (to put sand in sand domes of engines) and part of the front of the sand house.  The stone wall behind these two items supported the ramp up to the coal tower bin (shadow at far right).  7/25/60.
Photo: 077-39.  Class K-28 #473 approaching (or leaving) sand house.  Shows east side of sand house (roundhouse in right distance).  B&W sticks on sand tower are mine, graduated in 1 foot segments with inches also marked for closeups.   Stone wall on right holds up end of ramp to coal tower bin.  People near roundhouse unknown.  7/25/60.
Photo: 077-40.  East side of coaling tower.  Tower was similar but not identical to one still at Chama.  Drop bottom gondolas on ramp at right are loaded with arriving coal.  7/28/60.
Photo: 078-01.  Front of coaling tower with drop bottom gondolas, loaded with coal, on ramp behind.  7/28/60.
Photo: 078-02.  West side of coaling tower.  Coal loading ramp at left.  Drop bottom gondolas at right are in ash pit and are loaded with ashes to be hauled away by train.  All ash loading was done one shovelful at a time.  7/28/60.
Photo: 078-03.  "Back" of coaling tower, showing details of ramp construction.  Ash pit was out of sight at right on track in front of ramp.  7/28/60.
Photo: 078-04.  Closeup of grate over coal tower bin at the top of the coal loading ramp.   My measuring sticks at right give the proportions.  7/28/60.
Photo: 078-05.  Ash pit as seen from coal loading ramp.  Foreground track is the one on which loco tenders were filled with fresh coal (out of picture at right) when getting ready to leave.  Upon arriving, locos dropped their ashes into pit just behind my measuring sticks.  Drop bottom gondolas were filled with ashes one shovelful at a time.  Ashes probably were dragged earlier by shovelers out onto the concrete apron by the cars to cool before cars were loaded.  7/28/60.
Photo: 078-07.  Double spouted water tank (spout on back not visible here).  Spout on back allegedly just a movie prop.  Edge of pump house visible at left.  7/28/60.
Photo: 078-08.  Typical switchstand in yards near water tank, with my measuring sticks for proportions.  7/28/60.
Photo: 078-14.   Flanger "OD" next to ramp to coaling tower bin.  Huge tailings dump is adjacent to the large smelter across the Animas River.  Winds used to blow toxic dust from the tailings all over this part of Durango.  Tailings and smelter have been removed for many years.  7/28/60.
Photo: 074-24.  Double deck stock car #5830 in old yards north of Durango depot.  Area now is all parking lots or US Highway 550.  7/25/60.
Photo: 074-25.  Double deck stock car #5739.  Open door gives some idea of construction of upper deck.  7/25/60.
Photo: 074-26.  End of stock car #5721 in the same area as the previous two photos.  7/25/60.
Photo: 078-06.  Class K-36 engines 481 and 486 getting ready to leave roundhouse area as a double header to pick up a train headed for Chama, Antonito, and Alamosa, Colorado.  7/28/60.