The Class GMAM garratt locomotive was the last steam class to work this spectacular pass. One of the preserved members of this class powers her passenger train to the summit in perfect photographi... (more)
Friends of the Rail operate two ex SAR branch line engines. Here the smaller of the two is seen shortly after leaving Cullinan Station with a short mixed train. The acacia tree is typical of thi... (more)
As in the days of regular steam operations, two class 19Ds work a mixed goods and passenger train up the southbound climb of this spectacular pass. The train is banked by No 3324. The banker was... (more)
Reefsteamers preserved Class 25NC storms through Slabberts Station in the first rays of the sun.
On a beautiful fall afternoon in the late 1950s, the daily westbound Rio Grande road freight curved past the Los Pinos water tank and climbs out of the valley toward Cumbres Pass. At the top of th... (more)
Recreating a classic. The two narrow gauge 2-8-2s, 487 on the point and 488 shoving on the rear, dig in as the Chama Turn continues its eastbound climb up Cumbres Pass and onto to Antonito.... (more)
328 miles from Denver, a westbound road freight, led by D&RGW 2-8-2 487 and assisted by mid-train helper 488, has just left the Los Pinos valley and continues the climb up to Cumbres Pass, being c... (more)
Reefsteamers operated this photo charter for Steam Loco Safaris, and is an accurate re-creation of steam operations on this line that ended in the late 1980s.
Fall is just a blur...
Class 24s were not the usual motive power during steam days. The class would have been very suitable for this lightly laid and long branch line with its 8 reverses. The waters of the Kraai (Crow... (more)
So that's why it's called Tanglefoot. Rio Grande 2-8-2 485 (actually 489 in disguise) winds its way through Tanglefoot Curve on its way to Cumbres. The train started at the base of the hill... (more)
Uphill at Perry's Pond. With the climb up to Cumbres Pass looming ahead of them, the crew of D&RGW 2-8-2 485 passes Perry's Pond and set their sights on Windy Point. In a few minutes, the t... (more)
Downhill at Perry's Pond. With the climb up to Cumbres Pass (and the descent down Windy Point) behind them, the crew of D&RGW 487 can enjoy the ride downhill toward Chama as they pass Perry... (more)
Having just crossed into New Mexico a couple of miles back, Denver & Rio Grande Western 2-8-2 487 winds its way down the hill on the approach to the yard in Chama as 10,000+ foot peaks loom in the... (more)
Newly restored ex South African Railways two-foot guage garratt No. 113 hauls an SAR-era mixed train past the pond on Pandora Farm, part of the extensive Sandstone Estates.