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Bob Trennert.

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HIGHEST point in the U. S. reached by a railroad using adhesion is Climax, Colo., 11,319 feet above sea level and end of an isolated 14.06-mile Colorado & Southern branch from Leadville. The Climax Spur (as C&S employee timecards designate the onetime narrow gauge) is the preserve of snowplow-fronted 2-8-0 641 and a steam rotary, but recent rumors from the Rockies indicate that C&S has been running tests with a six-motor EMD roadswitcher. The 641 might well steam her last by Christmas.

Bruce R. Meyer. CHANCES are reasonable that East Tennessee & Western North Carolina 2-8-0 207, built by Alco's Richmond plant in 1903 and formerly Southern Railway 630, might round out a full 60 years of active service. Hauling coal and climbing grades (of up to 2.4 per cent), the 207 and sister 208 are the sole motive power of the 11-mile short line, which won national notices a few years ago when ET&WNC connoted narrow gauge and Tweetsie. The beautifully tailored track which the burnished 207 is riding eastbound out of Johnson City, Tenn., consists of 112pound rail spiked to treated ties that are planted in 12 inches of rock ballast. Such activity on the part of the road's 22-man maintenance-of-way crew is doubtless appreciated by the shop force who grooms 207.

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