Cumbres and Toltec 488 sits atop Cumbres Pass as they prep to take on water. From here its all downhill to Chama on a nearly 4% grade as a light rain rolls in. Amazing to think how little this sce... (more)
Turning back the clock to 1968, Denver and Rio Grande Western K-36, "#483" yanks her train out of the Coxo Curve as sister 484 begins pushing on the rear at the edge of the frame.
Turning back the clock to 1968, Denver and Rio Grande Western K-36, #484 is the rear train helper on this photo charter meant to mimic the last revenue freight ran by the D&RGW. This of course is... (more)
Making the final strides into Cumbres, K-36 488 leaves Tanglefoot Curve under threatening skies. The train would end up arriving an hour late into Chama after a mudslide blocked the track just we... (more)
D&RGW 315 arrives at Cumbres Pass after a long trip from Antonito.
A Rio Grande Cumbres Turn hammers up the 4% grade after rounding Windy Point. This section of track is the last bit of 4% grade before reaching Cumbres Pass. The train was put together by Lerro P... (more)
484 coasts past Perry's Pond descending from Cumbres Pass into Chama.
The engineer and conductor check in with each other while 489 gets a drink at Cumbres Pass.
Serious clag ( smoke ) from a tripleheader.
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)
Tripleheader blasts upgrade through western scenery. Quite a show.
A pair of 2-8-2s, including C&TS No. 488 and Rio Grande Southern-painted No. 455 tackle Cumbers Pass with a fall excursion train for Antonito, Colo.
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)
While summer suddenly disappeared this week in the American Southwest (note, not a good idea to camp with my current sleeping bags), 488 and its train lazily make their way down Cumbres Pass.