The Complete History of the Denver & Rio Grande Western K-36 Locomotives.
By the 1920s, the legendary narrow gauge system of the Denver & Rio Grande Western had shrunk to a third of the railroad's total trackage, and most of its locomotives were worn out. Yet, traffic was heavy on some parts of the line and growing, and standard gauging the lines made little economic sense.
And so the long-time Baldwin customer turned to the Philadelphia firm for 10 new narrow gauge, outside-frame Mikados. Designated K-36 (Mikado, 36,200 lbs. of tractive effort), these beefy Baldwins were soon hauling freight over the four percent grades of Cumbres and Marshall passes and indeed, system-wide.
Fast forward almost a century later, and nine of the locomotives still exist and eight are in service on the Durango & Silverton and Cumbres & Toltec Scenic railroads. Truly a remarkable record of service and why the K-36 is beloved by railfans and the crewmen who ran them.
Author Jerry Day spent over 40 years compiling information and over 300 photographs, maps, track folios, drawings and diagrams, including a three-page foldout drawing by Mike McKenzie for this volume. In addition, this 224-page hardcover book includes the D&RGW purchase of the K-36s and changes made to the lines to accommodate them, the operational history on the lines they ran, and accounts of K-36 snow fighting operations, special passenger runs, wrecks, movie trains, locomotive modifications and changes, and a section on the K-36s as they operate today on the C&TS and D&S railroads.
This title includes an appendix with the complete D&RGW/Baldwin specs for the locomotives.
K-36 Territory Map, pp. 4-5;
Preface, pp. 6-7;
Big Power Comes to the Rio Grande, pp. 8-20;
Third Division Operations, pp. 21-60;
Fourth Division Operations, pp. 61-87;
K-36s in the Snow, pp. 88-93;
K-36 Wrecks, pp. 94-105;
The K-36 as a Sleigh: Santa Claus Specials, pp. 106-111;
K-36 Passenger and Excursion Service, pp. 112-119;
Movie Trains and the K-36, pp. 120-124;
End of the D&RGW Narrow Gauge Freight Operations, pp. 125-135;
After the Rio Grande: The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic and the Durango & Silverton, pp. 136-165;
Modifications and Upgrades, pp. 166-193;
References, pp. 194-195;
Appendix, pp. 196-215;
Index, pg. 216;
K-36 Drawing by Mike McKenzie, pp. 217-218.
White River Productions, hardcover, 224 pages, 300+ photographs, maps, drawings, and diagrams.