June 2016 has been good for the restoration of the 223. The boiler was removed and the frame moved inside the shop last month. That was a huge step forward, but perhaps the most important thing to happen this year so far was the awarding of two $1,000 grants, one from Union Pacific and the other from the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club. The money of the UP grant will go towards the lining of the tender cistern, and the RMRRC grant is to cast new brass axle bearings for the driving wheels (the original bearings were removed by the D&RGW in 1941 and replaced with wood blocks, which have long since rotted.)
A huge thanks to Union Pacific and the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club!