Restoring D&RGW Locomotive 223

$2,520 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 39 months
The members of the Golden Spike Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society would like to ask for your contribution to support the restoration of Denver & Rio Grande Western locomotive number 223.  The chapter has been working on this locomotive for many years with steady but slow progress.  It is hoped that the tender will be completed this year.  We still have to find the best material to coat the inside of the water tank and money has been set aside for this project.  We also need to install the new springs in the bolsters.  This requires us to hire a crane in to lift the frame off the bolsters since we have neither the necessary jacks nor an overhead gantry crane to do this job.
  Once the tender is done we will put it in storage and bring the engine into the shop, minus the boiler.  Work on the engine running gear will then commence.  All the appliances (two air compressors, headlight & dynamo) have been rebuilt and are in as new condition.  The cab is 99% complete.  Most of the piping has been replaced with new pipe.  Most metal parts have been either repaired or replaced with new pieces.  Currently we are building up our reserve funding to rebuild the boiler.  One open task is to obtain all the gauges and the brake stand for the locomotive.  Obtaining the necessary cab equipment will be a priority item for 2019.  If you can help us fund these items it would be much appreciated.

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The running gear is in the shop leaving just the boiler outside!
The lonely 223 boiler...
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Here is a link to a YouTube video showing the lifting of the boiler and moving the running gear into the shop:
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Yesterday the Golden Spike Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS) hit several major milestones in the restoration effort for D&RGW C-16 locomotive 223. Wagstaff Crane Svc volunteered their planning expertise, their equipment, and their staff to assist us in separating the boiler from the running gear. The boiler was placed on cribbing beside its original location so we can start the inspection, repair, and certification process. The running gear was moved into bay 2 of the Trainmen's building where we can start working on freeing up the mechanism, recreating the bearings, and repairing the bent main rod. There is still lots of work ahead of us to reach our goal of making 223 operational. However, the things we achieved today makes it possible to move to the next steps.
Thank you Jim Wagstaff and your crew at Wagstaff Crane Svc for everything that you have done to help get 223 a big step closer to operating again.
Thank you to all of our R&LHS members and volunteers who put in a very hard day’s work to prepare for the crane lifts and stuck in with us throughout the day, and for your continued dedication week after week!
Up with the boiler
The running gear ready to move.
Into the shop.
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$2,520 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 39 months
Created November 19, 2015
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14 days ago
Zane Lewis
2 months ago

I donated because I love The Denver And Rio Grande Western Railroad. It would be truly amazing to see this locomotive running again. I hope to see more people giving too!

6 months ago
Patrick Cassell
16 months ago

I need your mailing address so I can send you a proper donation. I don't do social media and you need to publicize mailing addresses for better donation contacts.

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