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Steam Engine 473
"Engine 473 "
20 X 24 Oil on Stretched Canvas in
a Barnwood Frame

Steam Engine 473

Engine Number 473 Shown here in the Durango RR yard

The 473 was one of ten K-28 locomotives built by the American Locomotive Works in Schenectady, New York in 1923 for the narrow gauge D&RGW.
All ten engines which were called the Sport Models, were sold to the Rio Grande Railroad. The 473 worked the narrow gauge rails in Colorado and New Mexico with her sisters 470 through 479. The 473 spent a lot of time on the Silverton line, also working Durango to Alamosa and the Chili line, which ran from Antonito, Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The 473 was delivered from the American Locomotive Company in August 1923
with a medium green boiler jacket, cylinder covers and headlight. She had silver striping and 12” lettering

Engine 473 crossing stream
Engine 473 seen here heading back to Durango, just south of
Silverton, Colorado. 2010

The 473’s life changed forever in 1941 when the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor. The U.S. feared a Japanese invasion through Alaska, across the Bering Strait. The U.S. wanted to build a narrow gauge railroad in Alaska to move troops and supplies into that remote area to defend Canada and the U.S.

Seven of her nine K-28s sisters were taken to Alaska, along with other
narrow gauge rolling stock and locomotives,
including 470, 471, 472, 474, 475, 477, and 479.
After World War II, these seven Rio Grande locomotives were brought back to
Seattle, Washington where they met the scrapping torch.

Engine 473 at La Boca

Engine 473 At the water tank in La Boca, Colorado 1960
Passengers, Freight , and livestock made up the cargo
for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway.

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