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Photo ID: 612311

Under storm clouds and late afternoon sun, a northbound train heads up the remote Modoc line just north of Crest between Wendel and Alturas in northwestern California. This shortcut between Oreg... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP60
Location: Alturas, California, USA
Locomotive #: SSW 9686
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1996


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By: John West

Added: Apr 05, 2017

Views: 1,096
Comments: 1

Favorited: 15

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Photo ID: 609132

The DRGW K-28 class mikes were mean looking machines with the front mounted air pumps and low profile. This tight view emphasizes a wealth of details on the engine in the soft light of an overcas... (more)

Railroad: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Durango, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 473
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 23, 2009


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By: John West

Added: Mar 07, 2017

Views: 1,193
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Favorited: 7

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Photo ID: 598020

"The edge of the World", or something like that. The DRGW 315, restored to life by the Durango Railroad Historical Society, heads a chartered "stock" train west around the Lava loop on the Cumbre... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 315
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 03, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Dec 01, 2016

Views: 1,585
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Favorited: 17

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Photo ID: 596433

It is interesting how a different focal length and different framing can change a view. Another of my photos of this train on Joso bridge was posted on RP a few weeks ago, that wide angle version... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Starbuck, Washington, USA
Locomotive #: UP 5509
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 13, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Nov 17, 2016

Views: 9,606
Comments: 4

Favorited: 44

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Photo ID: 594930

On a cold fall morning, well before the sun has found the valley floor, the 473 sits outside the former DRGW station in Silverton. In an hour or so it would head a chartered mixed train back to D... (more)

Railroad: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Silverton, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 473
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 07, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Nov 03, 2016

Views: 1,341
Comments: 4

Favorited: 14

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Photo ID: 593203

The Portland section of Amtrak's Empire Builder passes across the Columbia from Cascade Locks, Oregon, on its morning run to the City of Roses. I was told that the bare mountainside in the backgr... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Stevenson, Washington, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: ATK 27
Photo Date: September 17, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Oct 19, 2016

Views: 1,397
Comments: 1

Favorited: 9

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Photo ID: 593163

Shortly before sunrise the 489 fills the morning air with smoke as it climbs toward Cumbres. This was part of a two day photo op sponsored by the Friends of the C&TS.

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 489
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 05, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Oct 19, 2016

Views: 4,241
Comments: 2

Favorited: 32

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Photo ID: 591982

At 7:53 a.m. the 489 pulls away from the water plug at Cumbres to begin putting together three cuts of cars into a 30 car train for its trek down the east side of Cumbres. This was part of a two ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 489
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 05, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Oct 09, 2016

Views: 1,605
Comments: 1

Favorited: 18

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Photo ID: 590728

Could this be the RGS at the Lizardhead snow shed in 1949?The remains of the snowshed at Cumbres and the weed grown wye track provide a reasonably good imitation of the old RGS, given it is over 6... (more)

Railroad: Rio Grande Southern
Locomotive: Gallooping Goose
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: RGS 7
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 28, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Sep 27, 2016

Views: 1,371
Comments: 1

Favorited: 9

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Photo ID: 589786

Joso has many moods. One can spend all day watching the light change and finding new ways to photograph this iconic structure and the landscape surrounding it. But it is more difficult to find a ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Starbuck, Washington, USA
Locomotive #: UP 5509
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 13, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Sep 19, 2016

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Comments: 2

Favorited: 34

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Photo ID: 586457

With the 488 on the point and 487 helping mid-train, a long westbound train, probably at the limit of 70 cars, is strung out along the hillside above Los Pinos River west of Rock Tunnel. The rear... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1964


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By: John West

Added: Aug 21, 2016

Views: 1,546
Comments: 3

Favorited: 13

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Photo ID: 586184

A long eastbound train rounds Tanglefoot curve east of Cumbres. Tanglefoot may or may not have been a term used by the railroaders, it does not appear in any timetables or special instructions, bu... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1963


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By: John West

Added: Aug 18, 2016

Views: 4,499
Comments: 4

Favorited: 42

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Photo ID: 584241

New Orleans Public Service Inc. (NOPSI) streetcar 915 looks like it provided a fun ride to at least one young man. This was the original Canal Street line that would be abandoned not long after t... (more)

Railroad: Untitled
Locomotive: Streetcar
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Locomotive #: NOPSI 915
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February, 1962


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By: John West

Added: Jul 29, 2016

Views: 1,647
Comments: 4

Favorited: 23

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Photo ID: 571331

The March 12-13 "snow plowing" special had glorious weather but not a whole lot of snow. The first good snow we encountered was just west of Big Horn where the tracks are sheltered by t... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 12, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Mar 29, 2016

Views: 2,132
Comments: 3

Favorited: 11

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Photo ID: 570746

Full crew. Carlos Llamas, engineer, Mr. Bear, assistant engineer, and Jake Vigil, fireman, on the March 12-13 Friends of the C&TS snow plowing special. I understand Carlos is writing a book about... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 13, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Mar 25, 2016

Views: 2,251
Comments: 0

Favorited: 8

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