Alexander Forbes Allan
Born: July 7, 1877  Longside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Immigrated to America through Ellis Island, New York, on November 12, 1888 at age 11

Moved to Edith Township, Archuleta County, Colorado. by 1900.

Alexander became a naturalized American citizen in 1904.

Married Rosie Leora Crawford (born Chromo, CO in 1888) by 1909.

By 1900 occupation is listed  as a "Fireman, Locomotive" (Rio Grande & Pagosa Springs RR). Alex worked the narrow
gauge lines that served the lumber operations in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.

In 1920 living in El Vado, NM, a sawmill and RR terminal on a tap line called the Rio Grande & Southwestern RR,
33 miles south of Lumberton, NM. US Census of 1920 lists his occupation as "Engineer, Locomotive".

About 1924 when the El Vado terminal was closed he moved his family to Westwood, Lassen County, California, to
engineer lumber trains for the Red River Lumber Company. He piloted the trains in and out of Westwood for many
years, working both steam and electric locomotives.

Alex retired about 1942 and moved to Oakland, California, where he died in 1958.
A Railroad Man
Shay Lima 2T (Co.#1561) built in August 1905 for Waldorf Mining & Milling Company, which
became the Argentine Central RR #1 that hauled tourists in Colorado until about mid-1906.
Then as photographed here, it is newly owned by the New Mexico Lumber Company as the Rio Grand
& Pagosa Springs RR #1. She was powered by 3 cylinders of 10x12 inches and weighed 74,000#.
This view is believed to be at the south end of Halfway Canyon near present US-84, where on the
steep grade it used all of the 16,900# of tractive effort to pull 5 cars of logs. All the axels are powered
by gears so she could haul more loads on grade than rod-driven engines. After the RG&PS line was
damaged by a flood and closed in 1914, this engine shortly worked the steep grade on the RG&SW at
Thompson Mesa in New Mexico and then sold to the Pagosa Lumber Company, Dulce, NM, in about
1922 and was scrapped in 1928.

Alexander Allan, engineer, is the short man in the middle on the trestle.
Shay Lima 2T (Co. engine #1561) built in August 1905 is shown here when owned by the New Mexico Lumber
Company and run at the Rio Grand & Pagosa Springs RR. The link in the front split knuckle is used so they can
couple to log bunk cars that were never changed to automatic couplers. This is a different trestle from the photo

Alexander Allan, engineer, is the man with the oilcan.
Lima rod engine (CN#1062) - New Mexico Lumber Company #6 on the left and her twin
Lima engine (CN#1063), New Mexico Lumber Company #7 on the right. Both were built new in September and
October 1907 and operated out of Edith and El Vado, with the #6 having the Rio Grande & Southwestern RR on the
Both were 2-8-0 wheel arrangements and had 15x20 cylinder, 37" driver, 160# boiler pressure and offered 16,600#
tractive effort with a total weight of 74,000#. Photo shows a temporary logging camp being moved in the snow by #6.

Alexander Allan, engineer, is the short man wearing gauntlets directly in front of #6.
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