Silverton car shed going up, BAR reefer restored

By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor

Normally I report on a big project when it’s complete, but the photo below is too good to pass up. The Durango Railroad Historical Society, owners of D&RGW 2-8-0 #315, have been making great progress at their home base in Silverton. They’re restoring the Silverton Northern engine house. They’ve restored several narrow gauge Rio Grande freight cars and laid a new display track. The latest project is a large car storage shed. The framework is up. Here’s how the whole site looks.

3 Sep. View from Kendall Mtn. L to R: Dock and two stock cars, Silverton Northern engine house, ¬†DRHS’s other cars, car shed under construction, Durango & Silverton depot. Scott GIbbs photo.

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The 470 Railroad Club’s primary project is the restoration of Maine Central 4-6-2 #470 (Alco 1924). The tender body was just completed. Their lesser known project has been the rehab of Bangor & Aroostook potato reefer #7765, recently completed. Over five weekends the rust was sandblasted away, the body was primed and painted and vinyl lettering was applied.