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From the upper left hand corner & rotating clockwise, the cars are as follows:
D&RGW 5500 SERIES STOCK CAR
FOUR WHEEL BOX CAR
This intriguing little 14 foot boxcar is another of several 4-wheel, original equipment cars used by the
Denver & Rio Grande. Billmeyer & Small delivered the pattern car, numbered 1001, as well as parts for nine
more cars to the D&RG in 1871. Prototypically, these cars are a perfect accompaniment to the Bachmann 4-4-0,
lettered for the D&RG.
Little is known about the history of this truly unique derrick car built by Billmeyer & Smalls in the late Nineteenth Century.
The only historical record we have is a line drawing from a Billmeyer & Smalls catalog, a sheet of which is reproduced in
Narrow Gauge Railroads in America. The car was produced for the Mexican National Construction Co.
(a subsidiary of the Denver & Rio Grande) and it is possible that the D&RG also purchased some of these derrick cars
for light yard maintenance work.
3000 SERIES 30 FOOT BOXCAR
A total of 750 of these box cars were built by the American Car and Foundry for the D&RGW
in 1904 and 1905, and were rebuilt by the D&RGW yards at their Alamosa yards in 1924.
South Pacific Coast Ventilated 28' Box Car
First built by Carter Brothers in 1876 to fill the need for a car to carry perishables larger than their earlier 24 foot car,
the 28 foot car was originally equipped with 3'-8" trucks and was rated at 10 ton capacity. This model represents a later
version with 4' trucks rated at 15 tons.
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