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)
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)
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)
The eastbound from Chama passes the Lobo Lodge, just past Lobato Trestle.
Locomotive: CTS 484
The morning's eastbound out of Chama chuffs up what was once known as the Rio Grande San Juan Extension towards Antonito just shy of Lobato Trestle.
Drifting through the S-Curve. With the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad's 2016 Narrow Gauge Rendezvous Event drawing down, all of the equipment is headed down the 4% grade toward Chama. W... (more)
Work Extra 315 at Dalton. Just a few minutes prior to the alpine sunset, Work Extra 315 passes the private crossing at Dalton with a single boxcar and a short train of gons.
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Just not a great day for a scenic train ride. Having topped Cumbres Pass, Train 215 drifts down the 4% grade toward her home station in Chama. In this view, she's passing the S-curves besi... (more)
A mighty push. With 36,000 lbs of tractive effort, helper engine DRGW #489 provides a steady, hard push on this 17-car Cumbres Turn, as it claws its way up the 4% grade just above Dalton Cr... (more)
Working hard at Dalton. Engineer Jeff Stebbins has DRGW 484 hooked up as he watches the craziness at Dalton crossing from the best seat on the train. His water bag hung from the cab wind... (more)
Steamscape: Lobo Lodge. Two K-36 Locomotives, 17 freight cars and one caboose make up this morning's Cumbres Turn, which is seen here hammering up the legendary 4% grade from Chama to Cumb... (more)
You're high up in the mountains when the only sound you hear is a steam locomotive working up the grade. It's amazing... Here, Extra 489 east rounds the small s-curve near Lobato, New Mexico with ... (more)
Double-heading to Cumbres Pass. There are not many places left in the US where you can see steam double-headers in regular, revenue service. Some tourist railroads and museums run them on ... (more)
488 to the Rescue - Adventures in Mountain Railroading. Locomotive 488 rumbles across the Lobato Trestle with westbound Train 3, just after 6PM on September 23rd, 2009. The train is over ... (more)