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Tenderfoot Mountain behind the roundhouse, prior to the 1892 fire. Alice Chinn Collection.
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The 20-stall standard-gauge roundhouse was constructed in 1900, east of the narrow-gauge roundhouse. By the date of this photograph, August 1, 1923, a new eight-stall roundhouse addition was being constructed as a separate building; however it shared the 100-foot turntable with the original standard-gauge roundhouse. The 100-foot turntable replaced the original 80-foot turntable in 1917. Forms were set up to pour concrete for locomotive service pits,...
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Construction of the backshop and roundhouse, dated August 28, 1923. Harry Williams Collection.
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All 27 roundhouse tracks and nearly half of the Salida roundhouse itself, are visible in this photograph, taken sometime between 1890 and 1892. Nearly half of the stalls carry four rails to handle both gauges. The 62-foot turntable was used until 1909, when it was replaced with an 80-foot model. Moving counter-clockwise from the roundhouse lead nearest the photographer, the following locomotives are visible: • narrow-gauge Engine 62, a Baldwin...
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The Denver & Rio Grande Roundhouse, ca. 1905. Bob Rush Collection.
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Men pose on locomotive number “218” on the turntable at the Denver and Rio Grande roundhouse and shops in Salida (Chaffee County), Colorado. Virgil Jackson Collection.
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A major fire occurred at the Denver and Rio Grande railroad facilities in December 1892, destroying fourteen stalls in the roundhouse, seventeen locomotives, and the machine shops. Railroad employees and citizens managed to save twenty locomotives, but damages were estimated at $400,000. The Rio Grande's continuing reliance on Salida was demonstrated in its rebuilding and enlarging of the damaged structures. Bob Rush Collection....
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Fire destroyed 17 locomotives in the roundhouse and shops December 11, 1892, including Nos. 404 and 285 which were in for major repairs and couldn’t be moved. The blaze gutted 14 of 17 roundhouse stalls before city and D&RG firemen and about 100 volunteers could bring it to a halt. Low water pressure, rotten hoses, and freezing weather made fire fighting a nightmare, but there were no major injuries. Volunteers managed to save 20 locomotives and...
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Foundations for the roundhouse, Salida, Colorado, dated August 1, 1923. The 20-stall standard-gauge roundhouse was constructed in 1900, east of the narrow-gauge roundhouse. By the date of this photograph, August 1, 1923, a new eight-stall roundhouse addition was being constructed as a separate building; however it shared the 100-foot turntable with the original standard-gauge roundhouse. The 100-foot turntable replaced the original 80-foot turntable...
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The 20-stall standard-gauge roundhouse was constructed in 1900, east of the narrow-gauge roundhouse. By the date of this photograph, August 28, 1923, a new eight-stall roundhouse addition was being constructed as a separate building; however it shared the 100-foot turntable with the original standard-gauge roundhouse. The 100-foot turntable replaced the original 80-foot turntable in 1917. Forms were set up to pour concrete for locomotive service pits,...
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The 20-stall standard-gauge roundhouse was constructed in 1900, east of the narrow-gauge roundhouse. In this photograph, dated August 28, 1923, a new eight-stall roundhouse addition was being constructed as a separate building; however it shared the 100-foot turntable with the original standard-gauge roundhouse. The 100-foot turntable replaced the original 80-foot turntable in 1917. Forms were set up to pour concrete for locomotive service pits, and...
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A major fire occurred in Salida's Denver & Rio Grande Railroad facilities in December 1892, destroying fourteen stalls in the roundhouse, seventeen locomotives, and the machine shops. Railroad employees and citizens managed to save twenty locomotives, but damages were estimated at $400,000. In 1900, nearly $350,000 in improvements were completed, including work on the roundhouse and other facilities of the D & R G and construction of a new D & R...
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Men posing at the Denver & Rio Grande roundhouse turntable in Salida, Colorado. Virgil Jackson Collection.
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A narrow-gauge train had arrived from the west, a locomotive (possibly No. 218) was removing the loaded gondolas of ash from next to the ashpit, and No. 404 had moved out of the roundhouse onto the turntable. During the warm weather, locomotives under steam were spotted with their stacks outside of the roundhouse to improve ventilation in the building. Walter Moore is pictured in the center of three men leaning against No. 404. John Ophus Collection....
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Shortly after the disastrous 1892 fire, locomotive servicing and repairs had to be done out in the open, in front of the roundhouse ruins. From this angle, the machine shop was at the left, and the charred boiler-house roof was visible beside the stack. Prior to the fire, the arch in the roundhouse doors had been bricked up. The 62-foot turntable was still in use. A standard-gauge switch engine, an 1890 Class 113 (C-28) Baldwin 2-8-0 in the 600-series,...
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The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad's roundhouse and shops in Salida, Colorado. This image is from the Salida Centennial Photo Collection.
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An image of Salida after 1900. From the Bob Rush Collection.