John C. and Lowell:
A larger and clearer photo of this view, showing more of the train, is reproduced on p.316
of "The Rainbow Route", by Robert E. Sloan & Carl a. Skowronski, published in 1975 by
The caption provides a little more info: "Silverton Northern #1 was pulling a 10 car train of
Sunnyside zinc into Silverton in this 1917 photograph. She had been rebuilt for the boom
at this time [WW I], with old spoked pilot whells from an early incarnation of Silverton
Northern #3 or #4, and Laird crossheads and guides, plus the tender from SN #32. The
master mechanic had certainly been prowling through the junk piles. The boxcars were
25-ton (3000 series) and 20-ton (4000 series) D&RG cars."
The original photo was in the collection of the San Juan County Historical Society in
According to the locomotive roster in the book, SN #1 originally was Silverton RR #101,
built in 1880 by Baldwin, builder's no. 5226, and was transferred to the Silverton Northern
RR ("SNRR", which appears on the cab) in 1896. Rebuilt in 1904 and scrapped in Silverton
in 1924. There is no mention of the RGS in the roster.
--- In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, "Lowell Ross" <lross@...> wrote:
> Hi John,
> Thanks for posting the photo. It is actually a photo of Silverton
> Northern #1 (with the tender from SN #32). The photo is taken as you
> are ariving in Silverton from the Sunnyside mine. This locomotive
> was RGS #34 in 1891.
> Lowell Ross
> Modeling the Silverton Northern, SG&N, Silverton Railway
> > Greetings all
> > I was going through some pile of papers and found this picture
> > It is RGS # 1 taken at the Sunnyside mine according to the back in
> > it is a post card.
> > I'm not sure if it has bueen published but I thought people might
> > to see it.
> > It is in Photos.
> > I also found 1 of an EBT engine.
> > John C