D&RGW K-28

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Denver & Rio Grande Western K-28 is a class of ten narrow gauge 2-8-2, Mikado type, steam railway locomotives, built as freight locomotives in 1923 by the Schenectady Locomotive Works of the American Locomotive Company for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. They were the first new narrow gauge locomotives ordered by the railroad since 1903. They initially comprised class 190, but were reclassed K-28 in 1924 when the railroad reorganized into the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. The chassis is of outside-frame design with the drive wheels placed between the main frames, and the running gear (cranks, counterweights, rods and valve gear) to the outside. This general arrangement was also used on the earlier class K-27 and later class K-36 and K-37 engines. In later years they were tasked with carrying express passengers on the narrow gauge such as the San Juan from Alamosa to Durango, The Silverton from Durango to Silverton, the Shavano from Salida to Gunnison, and on the Chili Line. During World War II, seven of them were purchased by the US Army for use on the White Pass and Yukon Route in Alaska and the Yukon. The locomotives which went there were renumbered USA 250–256, but

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