Conversion of Locomotive 493 from Coal-Fired to Oil-Burning
Here is the tender tank for locomotive 493 under construction in Durango. The tender tank is nearing completion off site with construction of the drop-in 2485 gallon oil tank beginning soon thereafter.
Because of long-term drought conditions and changing climate patterns in Southwest Colorado, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is evolving its operations, in part, by diversifying its locomotive power so that it can more safely transport passengers year-round regardless of weather conditions.
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a 137 year old historical treasure, a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experiential adventure for thousands of passengers each year. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience, in a very visceral way, one of the last surviving narrow gauge trains and simultaneously connect with the wild and unspoiled beauty of nature while riding through the pristine wilderness of the San Juan National Forest. And because of this, has been the conduit for many unforgettable moments of joy.