R.G.S. Class "C-19" - #40
Circa the late transition era.

~ Updated Tuesday, July 19, 2016 ~

[ If you arrived here off our "C-19 Main Page", and are a newcomer to the likes of the Rio Grande Southern, we've a bit of history and other notes on our "first" R.G.S. "C-19" page. It's on Page 24 of our Photo Gallery...]

Suffice it to say that this model has received what I consider to be a fairly heavy weathering job. One that befits the perpetual lack of adequate finances of that worthy operation.

If you arrived here from the "C-19 Main Page", you were treated to a view of our later #40 as she was steaming downgrade with the D&RGW Coach #306 in tow on a late September afternoon such as the one I noted earlier on an earlier page. Although the scenery in that photo isn't from the R.G.S., the colors are exemplary of the area.

Noteworthy locomotive-specific details visible in this photo include

  • The mismatched steam and sand domes, sort of "plucked" from different eras.
  • A wood framed cab with a "Riveted" Steel overlay beneath the windows.
  • An air cylinder beneath the front running board that, through a brace of jury-rigged linkage raised and lowered the lead trucks "flanger" blade. And some of the aforementioned crooked piping leading to it.
  • D&RGW style oil type marker lamps.
  • A "lead" or "pilot" truck that sets 'way too far back to look "right" which adds even more character to her!
  • Coal "boards" made of wrought iron instead of wood.
  • The ubiauitous wooden tool box on the tenders' rear deck.
  • A Headlight straight out of the early days of steam, albeit electrified at this point in its life.
  • A surprisingly "modern" "Pyle National" style turbo-generator to light the few lamps required to keep number 40 running in the dark. This generator was apparently swapped out with the one on R.G.S. #41 during their outshopping of 1940.

Click the photo above for another, somewhat "artsie" look at the number 40 shown on this page.

Click the photo above to continue on in our Photo Gallery and a look at R.G.S. #41 in the thirties.

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

Click here to return to "Latest Arrivals."