The Conductor signals the Engineer to ease his 1923-built K28 back for a hitch to its consist. The Silverton is set for a 9 AM departure. All aboard!
The line beyond Rockwood follows rock faces high above the Animas River. Could they have built the line more spectacularly?
Early snow had just fallen the night before in the San Juan Mountains, when #478 passed the timber brigde near Silverton.
One of Indiana Harbor Belt's unique traction slugs. These provide extra tractive effort to the accompanying SW1500's without the need for additional horsepower ... very useful for pushing/pulling... (more)
Southbound Silverton branch passenger train passes the water tank at Hermosa just north of Durango. K-28 Mike leads this train still in its DRGW days.
A Lackawanna Alco S-2 switches below the passenger station. The station on Garret Mountain was up the hill from this industrail trackage.
Its not too often one gets the chance to photograph three locomotives steamed up all himself. Being there at night really made it feel like the 1950's.
478 runs its mixed train through Silverton station in crisp early morning light.
A mixed train for Durango crosses the trestle south of Silverton, with the abandoned Detroit mine visible to the left of the loco.
A mixed train heads cautiously down the High Line away from Rockwood during the SLST charter.
As the sun rises, #478 bring its train slowly up the short section of street running in Sliverton.
I was attracted by this vista of some of America's most beautiful scenery alongside the Animas River. K-28 #478 is about to commence a runby.