RailPictures.Net Photo: DRGW 488 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Steam 2-8-2 at Chama, New Mexico by John West
 
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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
Windy Point (Colorado) on the DRGW ng. (more..)
Chama, New Mexico, USA (more..)
July, 1964
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DRGW 488 (more..)
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John West (more..)
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The 488 with a Cumbres turn really smokes it up as it climbs the final 4 percent around Windy Point to the pass. As was normal practice, a helper is cut in ahead of the caboose in the distance. Typically two Cumbres turns would be made with two (or before 1959 three) engines. The following morning a third cut would be hauled up the hill and then a 70 car train put together behind one engine for the long downhill run from Cumbres to Alamosa.
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Colorado Narrow Gauge

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Steam in service

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Rio Grande Narrow Gauge in the 60's

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The DRGW narrow gauge was the last major steam operation in the U.S. The climb over 10,000 foot Cumbres pass was spectacular, with two engines handling 70 car trains. Hopefully these images convey some of the drama of mountain steam railroading.
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