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Here are a few pictures of a set of passenger style trucks destined for car 053, an ex RPO now serving as a cook car to a rotary snowplow train on the Cumbers and Toltec. There is also an earlier vintage set under way for an 1889 coach and a set of steel frame ones for RPO 54. Between the three pairs, we have almost five years of effort.
One of those weeks when a bunch of things finally came together - that pile of loose parts in the container got a bit smaller. Hope to have two pairs on the road in a few more sessions. The pair in the photos needs to have the brake beams hung and then ready to paint - after a final check for loose nuts and so forth.
The frames are composite, oak center with 1/4" thick steel side plates; that goes back to the 1880s Pullman plans, which the D&RG appears to have copied. Some of these trucks were in service at least until the 50's, and the 053 car still had wood brake beams in some photos.