D&RGW C-19 Class #346
Circa the late 1940's era.

~ Revised July 19, 2016 ~

Early in 1935 the #346 and it's sisters #343 and #345 were leased to the C&S to help the motive power situation on that faltering line. In the spring of 1936, engine #346 lost her air on the downgrade coming off the infamous Kenosha Pass and tumbled down an embankment.

#346 was summarily rebuilt at the C&S shops in Denver, and put back into service the same year. But she never looked quite the same as she did prior to the wreck. The trim rings around her steam and sand domes had been destroyed; Her cab now looked more like a C&S cab than a D&RGW cab, and she was refitted with the weird looking C&S Marker Lights you see in this photo.

Like her sisters, at the demise of the C&S she returned to the D&RGW where she spent time as the "Durango Switcher". We also modeled her in that guise as you will see later on in these chronicles.

In 1947 she was sold to the Montezuma Lumber Co. where she was seen and photographed in pretty much dilapidated condition with one pilot step missing. Fortunately, Robert D. Richardson, on one of his treks to the high country, discovered poor old #346 on a weed grown siding, awaiting her final disposition. And after much political wrangling managed to save her from the scrappers torch. She now resides at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado and can be seen in action, under steam several times a year. You can click on the bold type above to find out when she's scheduled to run next.

#346 is a "first timer" for P-B_L, and was imported late in December of 2001 along with sister C-19's #340, #345 and R.G.S. #40 and #41, all of which arrived in the same shipment from Samhongsa.

Mechanically, See description of #340. They are all the same mechanically.

Other noteworthy locomotive-specific details include

  • "Oddball" C&S Marker Lamps.
  • "C&S looking" steel cab.
  • "C&S" Style cab hand railings.
  • The strangest looking domes in all of narrow gauge.

For a detail history of the C-19's refer to page 20, the D&RGW #340 circa the 1940's.

Click the photo above to continue in our Photo Gallery and a look at #346 as "The Durango Switcher" circa the later 1930's.

Click here to go C-19's Page 1.

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