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4/17/2012



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Durango & Silverton takes delivery of observation car featuring unique trucks


The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad recently took delivery of a new observation rail car from Melcher Brothers Inc., a heavy steel fabricator located in Durango, Colo.

Dubbed the Knight Sky, the 50-foot, 30-seat open car features a glass roof and fully covered observation ends. The car also is equipped with Timken® roller bearing trucks fabricated by Melcher Brothers, a first for the railroad, Durango & Silverton officials said in a prepared statement.

The trucks will dramatically simplify maintenance and reduce rolling friction compared with the typical journal-box trucks used on other cars operated on the narrow gauge line, they said. Minus the trucks, the car weighs 29,000 pounds.

The Durango & Silverton is a scenic narrow gauge railroad that operates 45 miles of track between Durango and Silverton, Colo., and runs through canyons in the San Juan National Forest.


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