The formal opening of the Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Railway occurred on September 1, 1900. The name of the company sufficiently indicates the nature of the district to be served.
It is primarily an outlet to the Cripple Creek mining district, and the product of the mines will form the greater part of the material transported. The road has a maximum grade of 3.5 per cent, or compensated for curvature 3.8 per cent.
This, however, is for but a short distance, and with this exception the maximum grade in either direction is 2 per cent. Eastbound grades do not exceed the latter figure.
Locomotives for this service have recently been built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works, and two of them are illustrated herewith from photographs furnished by the builders.
These are a consolidation freight and a 6-coupled, double-end switching engine, with 2-wheel swing bolster trucks at each end.
The consolidation engine weighs 108,000 pounds in working order, of which 151,000 pounds are on the driving wheels. The cylinders are 22 by 20 inches, and the valves of the Richardson balanced type.
The driving wheels are 51 inches in diameter. The boiler is straight, 74.375 inches in diameter, and adapted to a working pressure of 180 pounds. The material of the barrel and outside of firebox is Carnegie steel, except the top and sides, which are of Worth steel.
The length of the firebox is 120 inches, and the width 41 inches. The material is carbon steel, and the tubes, which are of Tyler charcoal iron, are 376 in number and 2 inches in diameter.
The length over tube sheets is 156 inches. The total heating surface is 2,738.55 square feet.
The tender has a frame of 10-inch steel channels, a tank capacity of 5,000 gallons and coal capacity of nine tons.
The switching engine weighs 133,000 pounds, of which 106,000 pounds are on the drivers. Its cylinders are 19 by 24 inches. The boiler is straight, 66.25 inches in diameter, and will carry 180 pounds' pressure.
The firebox is 90 by 33.125 inches. The tubes are of Tyler make, 280 in number, and 2 inches in diameter, and afford a heating surface of 1,000.47 square feet. The total heating surface is 1,748.94 square feet.
The tender has a capacity of 3,500 gallons of water and six tons of coal. The frames are 10-inch steel channels.
The equipment of both engines includes United States metallic packing, Monitor injectors, Westinghouse-American combined brakes, with 9.5-inch pump, Le Chatelier water brake on cylinders, Magnesia sectional lagging, Coale safety valves, McIntosh blow-off cocks, Leach sanding apparatus, Tower couplers and Sterlingworth (Marden) brakebeams on the tender.
The freight engine has the Pyle-National electric headlight.