Casey Jones

The earliest reference to the Casey Jones was in a local newspaper in 1915.  It was built with Model T parts, a scrapped railbus from Stover, and a Maxwell motor.  Clyde Jones constructed the unit in the Sunnyside Mine shops in Eureka, Colorado. 

 Originally intended to be used as an ambulance for the Sunnyside Mine, it saw frequent use for mine officials to commute to Silverton.  The 8 mile ride to Silverton took 20 minutes by rail.

After numerous wrecks, it was rebuilt with a 1918 Cadillac V-8 motor, transmission, and differential.  In 1929, the body was rebuilt by Hans Tanstad.

Carries twelve friendly passengers, or 6-7 in comfort.  Seating is a single U-shaped bench around the interior.

It is now owned by the San Juan County Historical Society.  It is generally on display in Silverton during the summer, D&SNG Museum during the winter.  

Work is underway to restore a section of the Silverton Northern Railroad tracks through Silverton and connecting to the D&SNG.  The engine house is also part of the project, the Casey Jones and D&RGW #315 are housed there.

My understanding is that it currently runs, mostly.  They don't run it very often.

The last two shots were taken during Railfest 2011.


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