DRGW Tunnel Motor 5401 is home!

Keith Aug 24, 2018

  1. Keith

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    bremner Staff Member

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    I am extremely happy to see this locomotive saved
     
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  3. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Simply 'Grande news!
     
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  4. BoxcabE50

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    Is she internally still intact? Possibly operable?

    For some reason, I had thought that museum had a connection to the outside world...
     
  5. wcfn100

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    There was a track from the museum that used to cross the road and I believe connect to the regular main, but that's all gone.

    Jason
     
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  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Bummer. :(
     
  7. Kurt Moose

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    And what of the irony BNSF (the opposition) delivering an [ahem] UP product?
     
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  9. Keith

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    And more interesting that the unit was carried, by 4 Hulcher sidebooms to the Museum.
    And towed on panel track, across a very narrow bridge along the way. Have NO idea how
    they got it from Coors, across Hwy 58 to 44th.
    Since then, the UP stuff has been peeled off, leaving the original Rio Grande numbers in view!
    Not sure of the overall condition of the 5401, but I can get in touch with a friend who should know.
     
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  10. Hardcoaler

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    Wow -- that's extraordinary. Thanks for your post Keith!
     
  11. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    YESSSS! Excellent news!

    It would be very interesting to know.
     
  12. Keith

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    Sent a text to my friend, about the 5401.

    As far as he recalls, the 5401 was in good shape.
    The traction motors and alternator were good, and
    the engine was in good shape.

    The folks involved with getting the 5401 to the Museum
    chose it over the tired and broken units!

    The 51 was in better shape, than the 5371, that’s at the
    Museum in Ogden, UT. That unit was having alternator issues.

    UP was not too pleased to give up a good, working unit.
    Was a nice tax write off apparently.
     
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    wow something else cool to go see during my vacation next year
     
  14. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That group must have a bit of (influence) pull inside UP. To get a good, working unit... I can only hope such a relationship continues!!!
     
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