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)
Weed city....no weeds now! D&RGW Locomotive #315 chugs slowly toward the 28-car siding located just south of Lobato Trestle on the run to Cumbres Pass. Back in 1970, this site was used a... (more)
Passing Jukes' Tree. D&RGW Locomotive #315 sets off out of Chama, NM with 4 stock cars and a caboose for Cumbres Pass, seen here passing the more than 100 year-old tree named for early 20t... (more)
On the pass at Lizard Head.... The long-extinct Rio Grande Southern railroad ran from Durango to Ridgway, Colorado, a distance of about 162 rail miles. Like the D&RGW Line between Chama a... (more)
RGS 455 at Apache Canyon. RGS 455 (DRGW 463 in disguise) hauls her freight around the rock formation just east of Apache Canyon Crossing at about MP 327.75. This particular location and... (more)
Pillar of Smoke
Rio Grande Southern Mikado #455 has a towering smoke plume as it leads a work extra past the "Matterhorn" bunk house. This train was a recreation of an RGS freigh... (more)
Water at Matterhorn.Our Engineman stands patiently in the gangway, as his Fireman fills the tender cistern of Rio Grande Southern Mudhen #455 from the standpipe at Matterhorn.
Astute o... (more)
C&TS 487 heads up the 4% grade with a freight special.
Water Stop at Matterhorn. In the midst of intermittent rain showers and sunny breaks, a re-creation Rio Grande Southern Doubleheader pulls into the section camp at "Matterhorn", w... (more)
RGS Doubleheader. D&RGW #315, a C-18 Consolidation, and RGS #455, a K-27 Mikado double head on a Rio Grande Southern freight re-creation on a warm afternoon in late summer. The train is s... (more)
Rio Grande Consolidation #315 waits in Osier while RGS #455 (normally C&TS #463) takes water. This work extra is a recreation of a typical Rio Grande Southern operation.
Wildflowers on the RGS. Early September in Colorado sure seems to bring out the colorful wildflowers. Here's RGS Locomotive #455 (actually D&RGW 463 in disguise) crossing a small wooden tr... (more)
RGS 455....with a little help. DRGW C-18 Consolidation Locomotive #315 lends a helping hand mid-train as RGS K-27 Mikado #455 takes her freight westbound just after sunrise.
For most o... (more)