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Tacoma - Mile Post 472.3 - Elevation 7313-ft

Tacoma is located at mile post 472.3. Tacoma is nothing more than a flag stop but across the river you will see the old power plant. This power plant was constructed in 1905 and is currently the oldest hydroelectric plant generating power with its original equipment. This area was severally damaged by a flood in October of 1911. In total, 22 miles of track were damaged at this time.

The High Bridge, pictured below, was built in 1880 but not installed until 1894. The bridge is 130 feet long. When the Durango and Silverton began running K-36 and K-37 series locomotives in 1981, the bridge had to be strengthened.

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This 130 ft steel truss bridge was built in 1880. The bridge was finally installed in 1894, and strengthened in 1981, to allow the K-36 and K-37 locomotives to cross it.
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on the siding at Tacoma
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