Modern technology keeps Durango train steaming along

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Modern technology keeps Durango train steaming along

Fort Lewis College helps upgrade brakes with 3-D printer

Modern technology keeps Durango train steaming along

William White, left, and Randy Babcock work in June to replace main rods that drive this Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad engine forward. The work is part of a multiyear push to replace older parts and systems to ensure the trains can run safely for many years to come.
Mechanical Foreman Randy Babcock looks through historic plans for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s trains. The plans have been converted into electronic files so they can be accessed more easily.
A piece of the brake system was photographed by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad staff and loaded into a computer-assisted drafting program so that a digital model of it could be made. The digital model was used to make a plastic model on a 3-D printer. A foundry will use the plastic model to create a new part.
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