Pushing the Train Over the Hill

On a cold winter’s day Otto C. Perry captured this scene of a D&RGW freight train in its attempt to get over the mountainous line. We’re on the east side of Cerro Summit and the two locomotives on the head of the train aren’t enough power. Locomotive #361 is lending a hand on the rear, and the trio is managing to struggle up the hill.

D&RGW 2-8-0 locomotive #361 is a Class C-21, built in 1900 by Baldwin. She was originally Crystal River Railroad #102, and she was scrapped in 1951.

The date of the photo is unknown. Former collection of William H. Radcliffe, collection of Jack C. Shall

D&RGW 2-8-0 #361 as Pusher