Denver & Rio Grande Western's famed mikado, Mudhen 463, is under steam and testing! That is not a misprint. According to Nathan Holmes, webmaster at DRGW.net,
...not only does it steam, but it actually runs. They did a shakedown run with her today (4/9) from Antonito out to Lava and back.He linked to the Friends of the C&TS discussion board post by Rich Murray with two pictures by Craig McMullen.
Tim Tennant posted details today on the delayed, canceled, on-again, off-again-now-on-again charter that finally seems to be coming true. The release also has a picture of the engineunder steam at Lava. The engine is sans number, but I can tell it's the real deal with a lot of shiny new parts. Make plans to visit the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad this summer to catch the oldest and smallest of the surviving steam engines of the Rio Grande!
Thanks to valued reader Rich Guggenheim for the tip.◊