On Monday, November 5th, National Park Service staff invited the city council of Montrose to welcome Engine 278 back to Cimarron, a historic town within the park.
The engine, a 2-8-0 locomotive, has been away for restoration under the caring hands of John Braun of Mammoth Locomotive Works in Palisades, Colorado.
Manufactured in 1882 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Engine 278 operated on the Colorado lines for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. The engine was retired in 1952 and donated by the railroad to the City of Montrose.
It was leased to the National Park Service in 1973 and moved to Cimarron in 1974, where it was placed on exhibit on the trestle in the canyon. Engine 278 now awaits the repair of other cars and the trestle before it can be put back on display.