RailPictures.Net Photo: DRGW 492 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Steam 2-8-2 at Chama, New Mexico by John West
 
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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
Between Chama and Cumbres (more..)
Chama, New Mexico, USA (more..)
September, 1964
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DRGW 492 (more..)
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You gotta have a caboose. And you want to get home. Given such a challenge railroaders can be very creative. Their regular caboose was bad ordered in Chama, and there was no spare. So rather than wait for a carman to fix their caboose, this former RPO now a rotary train engiineman's cook car was pressed into service. The good news is it got them home sooner rather than later. The bad news is rather than a warm comfortable cupola from which to watch the train, they had to lean out a side door into the wind and rain. So it was going to be a long day getting back to Alamosa, probably close to sixteen hours. But the reward would be a home cooked meal and a warm bed that night.
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