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LegomanBill May 8, 2017

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    Rio Grande SD50 5502 shoves on the rear of a coal train at Leyden, CO, early 1990s (Bob Jordan)
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    Rio Grande SD50 5506 near Denver, early 1990s (Bob Jordan)
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    D&RGW 5506 making up the rear (or lead) of a switching move near Denver, early 1990s (Bob Jordan)
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    D&RGW 5513 and four other units lead a coal train through the mountains, early 1990s (Bob Jordan)
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  3. HemiAdda2d

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    There's no place on the Moffat that I know of where the main is separated by that much elevation from the siding. It's not Bond where the Craig Branch does divert from the SLC main on a 2% grade like this, though. Could this be Tennessee Pass? I know who will know, on a Facbook group of which I'm part. could I share the image there?

    This Bond, you can see twin mains on the lower line.
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    You are more than welcome to! I'm certainly a bit stumped myself.
     
  6. HemiAdda2d

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    Looks like the experts came thru--not Colorado at all! It's Floriston, CA on the former SP.
     
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    Well that's quite a way off then! But it is good to have that pinned down.

    Two views of Rio Grande F7A 5574 at Denver, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    Rio Grande F7A 5574 at Denver, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    A mixed bag of Rio Grande power (a F7A, two SD9s, a F7B, a GP7/9 and another F-Unit) at Denver, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    A pair of views of Rio Grande F7A 5704 at Denver, Circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    Nice weathering.....
     
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  11. HemiAdda2d

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    Most railfans would call this a "Dog's Breakfast", but D&RGW fans know this lashup to be a "Perlman Mallet". Solid strings of matched F's on freights were not common in D&RGW country. Alfred Perlman, a D&RGW man in many roles up to executive VP, mixed lashups of solid F's up with GP7/9 and SD7/9 units to keep tonnage moving. Typical Perlman mallets were A-B-B-A Fs with an early Geep added for a total of 5 units.

     
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    Kind of like what the Milwaukee Road did, with two Joes and one or two GP9's, or an EF5 Boxcab set (4 motors) and a GP9. Those Geeps were originally nicknamed "Sputniks".
     
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    Rio Grande F7A 5731, Denver, CO, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    The nose of Rio Grande F7A 5734 at Denver, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    Just a maybe silly question, did RG EVER wash their motive power?
     
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    As for an answer to your question, Minesweeper, not routinely unless in the shop for maintenance, is my guess. The fact is, the D&RGW had loads of tunnels, so soot and grime were a part of life.
     
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    It looks weird for a line that has "soot and grime as a part of life" to paint their stock in light colors....
    But OK then, good for the wathering guys...
     
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    Two views of Rio Grande F7A 5741 at Denver, Circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    (In another Perlman Mallet)
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    Rio Grande and Rock Island power meet at North Yard in Denver, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    Rio Grande F7A 5741, Denver, CO, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    Rio Grande F7A 5764, Denver, CO, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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    Rio Grande F9A 5771, Denver, CO, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
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  20. Kurt Moose

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    The Rio Grande fans are simply loving this "Grande" thread!!:love:
     
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