Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad bolsters fleet for dry years

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad bolsters fleet for dry years

Owner says train will never shut down because of fire danger

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is converting one of its coal-fired engines to oil burning to run during dry weather conditions.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad bolsters fleet for dry years

Randy Babcock, mechanical foreman with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, talks about the laborious process of converting a coal-burning locomotive to one that burns oil. The railroad has also bought two diesel engines to make the trip to Silverton.
Al Harper, left, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and Randy Babcock, mechanical foreman, talk about the laborious process of converting a coal-burning locomotive to an oil-burning one.
Randy Babcock, mechanical foreman with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and his team have a self-imposed deadline to convert the 1902 boiler made for coal to burn oil by May 1, the start of the next train season.

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