After seeing John West's picture (172893) of this scene from the 1960s, I wanted to get my own shot of it. It is amazing how much as changed, from the road to the trees.
The train is climbing the 4% grade to the top of Cumbres Pass. Lead engine #484 is around the bend in front with #487 & 488 following behind. This shot is from the cupola of short caboose #0579.... (more)
Mark Yates fills the lubricator on 487 prior to a rotary run up Cumbres.
A close up of 488 pushing at the rear of this freight train. Soni Honigger (in the cab) looks to be concentrating intently on his charge. The Flying Rio Grande on the tender looks great taking you... (more)
The temps are way below freezing during the night, steam engines tend to drip, ice forms, and the result by early morning is an engine solidly frozen to the rails. So the hostler burns some oil s... (more)
Cumbres and Toltec 484 and 487 begin to climb a grade.
Cumbres and Toltec 489 undergoing work in the Chama shops.
Engine 484 heads out of Chama with a full head of steam leading the 487 in the middle and 488 bringing up the rear. This train is part of Chama Steam VI.
Charging after me is 488 crossing the Rio Chama on a beautiful morning.
D&RGW 488 waits in front of the depot in Chama, New Mexico. In ten minutes it will be assulting Cumbres Pass.
Smoke towers out of 488's stack on its way up Cumbres Pass.
D&RGW 487 sits outside the shop in Chama, New Mexico. From this angle it looks pretty intimidating.
D&RGW 487 sits outside the Cumbres and Toltec shop in Chama, New Mexico.
Heading back to Chama, the train has just completed the horseshoe curve outside of Osier, some of which can be seen at the right.