EVstudio awarded National Park Service Historic Train Relocation

by Jim Houlette on January 13, 2010

Courtesy of David Kane, NPS and Bradley Dean VanOtterloo

Courtesy of David Kane, NPS and Bradley Dean VanOtterloo

EVstudio will provide structural engineering services for the relocation of Locomotive #278 from the Denver & Rio Grande (D&RG) Narrow Gauge Railroad located near Cimarron, CO.  Working with Au’ Authum Ki, Inc and Disher and Company the historic Steam Engine, Coal Tender, Box Car and Caboose will be relocated from its current location atop of the trestle bridge to the parks storage area.  A temporary bridge span will be built to pull each piece of the train onto a flat bed for transportation.

Courtesy of the NPS and Bradley Dean VanOtterloo

Courtesy of the NPS and Bradley Dean VanOtterloo

EVstudio has also had the opportunity of reading a thesis written by Bradley Dean VanOtterloo B.S., University of Colorado Denver, 2004.  Bradley worked with NPS and completed a very detailed and well written report on the existing bridge.  While moving the train cars the existing bridge should not be be loaded other than the moving weight of the train cars.  But it’s great to know from Bradley’s report that the existing bridge is in good condition.

You can learn more about the Historic Train and bridge at NPS Cimarron Canyon Rail Exhibit.


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Laurie McLean May 21, 2010 at 12:44 am

G’Day Jim,
I am also interested in following the work and this project from Australia so please post any updates and any links to video or photos please.
I love this loco and Colorado’s history


Jim Houlette May 19, 2010 at 11:41 am
Jim Houlette May 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Hi Jerry,
I’m hoping to post an update with pictures and video of the trian move in the next day or so. i have to edit the video to reduce the file size.

This is a link to a previous post with some more pictures prior to the move.

Check back soon. I will add a comment to this post to direct everyone to the new post.

Jerry Albers May 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hi Jim,

I’m just wondering if there is any more updates, photos or news on the moving of the train in Cimarron, Colorado.

Thanks for your time and help.


Jim Houlette May 14, 2010 at 1:18 am

The train was relocated this week. I will post a new blog with additional information in the next few days.

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