Rounding Cumbres Loop. A 30-car D&RGW Freight Charter, organized by the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, has just rounded the apex of the Cumbres Loop and is proceeding up ... (more)
Along the Rio de Los Pinos. A 30-car D&RGW Freight runs compass southeast in the cool morning light along the Rio de Los Pinos, en route to Osier, Antonito and eventually, Alamosa.
Love shooting in the Chama terminal. Friendly staff gave me the run of the place, even turning off some lights that were a problem. Open bulb with multiple flashes. Hard not to overexpose those... (more)
Fall stock rush in full swing. The crew of DRGW 315 pulls her stock train up to the Chama Stock Pens to load cattle for an eastbound run to Alamosa.
Almost home.... With their coal bunker all but empty, and the heavy lifting pretty much done, Firemen Olaf and Dave can pretty much relax for the last three miles and change as DRGW 315 and... (more)
Tripleheader blasts upgrade through western scenery. Quite a show.
In the 1940's, Rio Grande Southern often leased some of the D&RGW's older locomotives including C-18 #315. On one of those leases, #315 works as a midtrain helper pushing hard against a heavy frei... (more)
Rio Grande Southern #455 storms uphill on it's way to Lizard Head Pass with another heavy freight train. Six cars back, leased D&RGW #315 shoves on the train as it climbs the steep grade.
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Double headed mikes charge up to Cumbres pass with a charter freight.
Barreling west toward Cumbres Pass. D&RGW Locomotive 315 charges upgrade, passing Los Pinos Tank on the westbound run to Cumbres Pass. Los Pinos Tank is operational and often used by sma... (more)
Waking up the Chama Valley. With the alpine sunrise now just minutes away, our early morning Cumbres Turn charges up the 4% toward Coxo Crossing, with her stack beats echoing across the en... (more)
Early morning Cumbres Turn. The sun is still perhaps 30 minutes or more from cresting the hills to the east, but the crew of this D&RGW K-36 has already been up for hours putting together ... (more)
Tanks for the memories! A line-up of 6 Union Tank Car Company (UTLX), narrow frame tanks sit idle in front of the old Gramps Oil Loading Dock in the Chama Yard in early October of 2016. ... (more)
Steamscape: COLORado. D&RGW Locomotive #315 emerges from the "blazing" aspen forest at Coxo, Colorado, just prior to crossing Highway 17 for the 3rd time on the run to Cumbres P... (more)
There's gold in them there hills! The hills of the Chama Valley are ablaze with aspen gold as a short stock train slowly claws its way up the 4% grade toward Cumbres Pass. On level groun... (more)