Denver & Rio Grande Western Steam Locomotive No. 268

Archive ID214
DescriptionDenver & Rio Grande Western Steam Locomotive No. 268
Record TypeGeneric
CollectionThe Joseph A. Smith Collection
CreatorAmerican Heritage Publishing Company
Date Created
Reference #
SourceSmith, Joesph A.
Date AcquiredJune 28, 2006
Size14.5 x 9.0 cm
In ColorYes
Negative Exist
SubjectsAmerican Heritage Publishing Company
Baldwin Locomotive Works
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Company
Gunnison, Colorado
Locomotive, Steam


21 DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN NO. 268 Baldwin built this engine and four other 2-8-0 (Consolidation) type engines for the Denver & Rio Grande in 1882. In the same year that railroad, building westward from Pueblo, Colorado, reached the Utah state line and connected with the Denver & Rio Grande Western, a road built wholly within Utah. Since 1920 the two systems have been one, owned by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Company. This is the only railroad in America that still operates some narrow (3') gauge trackage in addition to its standard (4' 8 1/2?) gauge. The 268 is a narrow-gauge engine, Class C-16. She weighs 69,110 pounds, with 36? driving wheels, 15x20? cylinders, and 69,540 pounds of force. Now retired, she stands on perma?nent exhibition at Gunnison, Colorado, one of the many iron horses that have been preserved and donated to communities as memorials of the Steam Age. THE DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN RAILROAD COMPANY


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