Re: D&RW 6500 Series Flat Car


Roland Levin
 

Hi Bob,

The D&RGW6500 flat cars are narrow gauge cars. They were used until the end of the narrow gauge traffic in 1968 and some of them are still in use for the tourist operations Cumbres and Toltec/Durango Silverton.

 

This is information from this webpage: http://drgw.free.fr/DRGW/Freight/Flatcar/Plat_en.htm

Between 1940 and 1944, the Denver & Rio Grande Western shops converted 45 42ft long steel frame standard gauge fishbelly gondolas, into narrow gauge flat cars with a capacity of 40 tons and numbered between 6500 and 6544. These cars equipped with Bettendorf trucks remained in service until the end of freight operations on the D&RGW narrow gauge in 1968. Fourteen of these flat cars are now on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and fourteen other, converted to passenger cars, are used on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

 

Best regards

 

Roland Levin

Stockholm, Sweden

http://hem.bredband.net/drgw/

http://www.usms.se

 

 

 

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I search the archives but found no information about the D&RW 6500 flat car illustrated in this drawing currently on eBay.  The notes on the drawing cite 26" wheels and both "Bettendorf" and arch bar trucks.

They seem to be an example of an early all-steel flat car.


Bob Witt
1965 Rio Grande Western 40' Steel Flatcar Blueprint  Drawing by Ken Pruitt nr

1965 Rio Grande Western 40' Steel Flatcar Blueprint Drawing by Ken Pruitt nr

 

 

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