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    There's been a lot of activity in the 3' tourist railroad world recently, all of it diesel related. You'll recall the devastating forest fires in the Colorado rockies with many fingers pointed at the D&S locomotives.
    A part of the repercussions of the fires is the conversion to oil firing of the D&RGW engines used there, the K-37, 493 being the first, having just returned to service...
    http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,395493

    Another part of the fallout was new -yep new- diesels for the D&S, #1201 & 1202 (no debate will be entered into on the paint scheme)
    https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=...69541816396575

    Not only new locos, but D&S have bought 4 White Pass Alcos
    http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/file....ss_Release.pdf
    http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read....178#msg-393178
    http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read....204#msg-393204

    The Alcos are being replaced by new diesels built by NRE in Mt. Vernon, Ill., part of a cancelled Australian order.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north...ives-1.5499628
    http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read....097#msg-391097
    The Australian version
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/83791520@N00/6892239392

    They already own a varied fleet of centre-cab diesels, former steel works locomotives
    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/sho...spx?id=3892189
    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/sho...spx?id=1209698
    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/sho...spx?id=2312187

    And Porter 75 tonner, #1203. Originally from the US Gypsum Plaster City operation via a number of owners including the Georgetown Loop operation...(it somehow got mixed up with Pakistan despite being ordered by USG's predecessor)
    http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,397676
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    Russ

    CEO Moss Lake Lumber Co.

    Pennsylvania logging circa 1890s

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    Thank you for the photo, I really liked the Australian version.

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    he Porter has an interesting history. It was a one-of-a-kind by Porter for US Gypsum, apparently reasonably successful. It had one of the 'standard' 600hp Cooper-Bessemer power plants in it, identical to a GE 70-tonner. I first came across it in the back lot of the Huckleberry RR where it was offered to anybody that wanted it, because 'it had a hole in the block you could throw a cat through'. I got involved with it at the Georgetown Loop, where they got it and re-engined it with a secondhand block off a 70-tonner up to the Sumpter Valley; it still had 'issues' although a 6-axle short 3' diesel looked like an ideal fit there. After a second rebuild without much news or success, it ended up at the Durango & Silverton for a trade with a 90-ton GE, now with an Alco 251 block (supposedly) in it. I saw it again out in Durango last October and that makes three different places I've had encounters with it.

    She sure smokes like an Alco now: http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read....688#msg-397688

    Hey, it's still running. But it remains even more unique.
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    i personally like that loco. For 3' gauge, it's unique and I think could be useful if 'debugged', seems the D&S were able to do so. I had an old book on narrow gauge railroads, one of which was the USG plant, it's original owner (along with the 2 GE units at the Colorado rail museum). It's a glimpse or what could have been if the narrow gauge lines dieselised, it or the DL535s.
    Cheers,
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    CEO Moss Lake Lumber Co.

    Pennsylvania logging circa 1890s

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    I enjoyed riding in the cab of this critter in 1994 for a couple hours when much of the track and dynamite storage bunkers were still extant at the old du Pont explosives site south of Tacoma.

    https://youtu.be/cTTRq9rPTbQ

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    No clue this narrow gauge line existed. Just looked over the map and see the old line, but not where it would have joined to a pier. Still, curious and intrigued. That would be a nifty small line to model in any scale.

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