DENVER & RIO GRAND WESTERN
CLASS K-59 / P-44 4-6-2 Pacifics

As passenger trains became all steel and longer, the Grande’s 4-6-0s had to be double-headed and could not maintain schedules. This necessitated the purchase of faster, more powerful passenger locomotives for the “Atlantic Express” and the “Pacific Express”. The need was addressed by the purchase of six Baldwin 4-6-2s in 1914. Numbered 1001-1006 (later renumbered 800-805). The Class P-44 Pacifics came with 67-inch drivers and the same boiler as the K-59 2-8-2s! As mainline passenger power, they were replaced by larger 4-8-2s in 1922, and demoted to secondary mainline operation. All were scrapped in 1949-1953.

The Division Point and our premier steam builder Boo-Rim Precision will bring you these neglected “Pacifics” in “Scenic Route” and “Flying Grande” graphics. Call your dealer and get those reservations in!

As usual, we are indebted to those folks who publish the information and photos we need. We urge you to buy their books and photos.
  • Rio Grande Steam Locomotives by William E. Warden (1981, Heimberger House Publishing Co.)
  • Rio Grande Steam Finale by Lloyd E. Stagner (1999, South Platte Press)
  • Denver and Rio Grande Western – Superpower Railroad of the Rockies by Robert A. LeMassena (1999, TLC Publishing Inc.)
  • Locomotives of the Rio Grandeby The Colorado Railroad Museum (1983, Colorado Railroad Museum)
  • and special thanks to all the organizations and individuals who preserve railroading photos and data for the rest of us!

Photos are coming!

Baldwin-built in 1914, Class P-44 4-6-2 “Pacific”; 67-inch drivers, Walschaert valve gear, spoked wheels, stokers added; 9,000-gal/130-ton 4-axle tender
DP-2465  Denver & Rio Grand Western #TBD, Class P-44 4-6-2 (Series 800-805), circa 1934-1940, “Scenic Route” graphics for passenger service, smoke deflector, black boiler spacer
DP-2466  Denver & Rio Grand Western #TBD, Class P-44 4-6-2 (Series 800-805), circa 1934-1940, “Scenic Route” graphics for passenger service, smoke deflector, green boiler spacer
DP-2467  Denver & Rio Grand Western #TBD, Class P-44 4-6-2 (Series 800-805), circa 1941-1956, “Flying Grande” graphics, for passenger, smoke deflector, black boiler spacer

Project Specifications Build Sheet

Flyer and Prospector production figures

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