End of the day at Chama following the final revenue run of the 2017 season.
Rio Grande Southern #455 storms uphill on it's way to Lizard Head Pass with another heavy freight train. Six cars back, leased D&RGW #315 shoves on the train as it climbs the steep grade.
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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)
RGS 455 at Apache Canyon. RGS 455 (DRGW 463 in disguise) hauls her freight around the rock formation just east of Apache Canyon Crossing at about MP 327.75. This particular location and... (more)
Pillar of Smoke
Rio Grande Southern Mikado #455 has a towering smoke plume as it leads a work extra past the "Matterhorn" bunk house. This train was a recreation of an RGS freigh... (more)
Volcanic Rock. It's just past high noon as our re-creation RGS Freight with the 455 on the point charges upgrade past an odd formation of ancient volcanic rock. This formation, at around ... (more)
Water at Matterhorn.Our Engineman stands patiently in the gangway, as his Fireman fills the tender cistern of Rio Grande Southern Mudhen #455 from the standpipe at Matterhorn.
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By the light of the silvery moon.... and with a little help from some strategically-placed strobe lights, RGS Mudhen #455 poses for an evening portrait with her freight train, on a remote d... (more)
Rio Grande Southern #455 (actually #463) crosses Los Pinos Trestle with a work extra on the way to Cumbres Pass. This is a recreation of a typical Rio Grande Southern consist, with the locomotive ... (more)
Wildflowers on the RGS. Early September in Colorado sure seems to bring out the colorful wildflowers. Here's RGS Locomotive #455 (actually D&RGW 463 in disguise) crossing a small wooden tr... (more)
Lined for the Main. Rio Grande Southern 455 takes to the main on a crisp fall morning in Chama New Mexico.
Showing signs of her true identity, "Rio Grande Southern No.455" takes water from the Rico, er, Chama Water Tank on a crisp September Morning.
RGS 455....with a little help. DRGW C-18 Consolidation Locomotive #315 lends a helping hand mid-train as RGS K-27 Mikado #455 takes her freight westbound just after sunrise.
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Sunrise on the Rio Grande Southern. The "sunrise" herald of the Rio Grande Southern on Locomotive #455's tender stands out in the early morning light as she crosses a small wooden trestle r... (more)