Welcome to my Web Blog.

This is to keep all my friends updated on what's going on with the FC&W and my other railroad adventures. The name Flagstaff, Coconino and Western came from Flagstaff, where I live, Coconino is the county, and Western is where I go to visit other clubs and railroads. I will try and update it on a regular basis.

The 2 1/2" scale D&RGW C-21 Project

May 30, 2009

This months answer...

Well here's the answer to my next project starting this fall.

The C-21

I have always wanted a D&RGW engine and have always liked the looks of the c-21. I like the mudhens as well but they would be to big to run on my railroad but the c-21 is just the right size. On top of that, I have a supplier/fellow live steamer I can trust to deliver the parts for the engine and I am excited to start this next journey within the West Coast Narrow Gauge group. Of course I have to make some sacrifices which include selling some of my current live steam stuff but it will be well worth it in the end.

Heres a little info on the real engines that worked in Colorado.

The C-21 class locomotives of the Denver Rio Grande Western were built in 1900 for the Crystal River Railroad in Central Colorado. There were 2 locomotives ordered at that time, the 101 & 102. The 2 engines were acquired by the D&RGW in 1916 and spent the rest of there life working in the Gunnison area. The 101 & 102 were renumbered 430 and 431 when they were acquired by the D&RGW. In 1924 they were renumbered 360 and 361. The 360 was scrapped in Salida in 1950 and the 361 in Pueblo in 1951.

Can't wait until I can get started in this project and will keep you updated. Start date will be most likely be after the first of the year.

May 15, 2009

First Offical Run Day

Well I finally made it to the first offical run on the FC&W. The first loop is done and even though it was only a circle of track we ran for 7 hours. I had my fitchburg out with a couple of cars and John Barter brought over his 4-6-0 and string of cars. We were joined by my parents out of California and a couple of neighbors.

Alex and Erin take the 1st run all the way around the loop and across the trestle.

Erin and John have fun doubleheading across the trestle.

Alex gives daddys steam engine a try. (too bad there's no steam in it yet). Glenn Swain and John Barter come off the trestle with a full train.

Can you tell we weren't having any fun?
The day was picture perfect and its so nice that my hard work is starting to come together. There is still a lot of work ahead of me but at least I can say I have a railroad I can run on. Next on the "To Do List" is work on the legs of the wye off the loop and the lead to were the turntable and steaming bays are going to be. That is if I don't get too sidetracked on my next project starting this fall. All you narrow gauge guys out there should know what project that is. Hint: There were 2, they are big, they are black, and they lived in Colorado. Answer next month.
Steam Forever,

May 10, 2009

First Official Work Day

Well I had my first official work day on Saturday (that means not just me working). My friend John came over and we put down about 100' of track, ballasted and leveled it and got it ready for my first run day coming up this week.

John and I with Alex driving the tractor lay down some ballast.

"O.K. boys! I want that ballast spread out nice and even or I'm gonna make you do it again!"
says Alex with his juice bottle.

On our way to get another load of ballast (cinders).

First run over the completed trestle.