Barreling west toward Cumbres Pass. D&RGW Locomotive 315 charges upgrade, passing Los Pinos Tank on the westbound run to Cumbres Pass. Los Pinos Tank is operational and often used by sma... (more)
Waking up the Chama Valley. With the alpine sunrise now just minutes away, our early morning Cumbres Turn charges up the 4% toward Coxo Crossing, with her stack beats echoing across the en... (more)
Early morning Cumbres Turn. The sun is still perhaps 30 minutes or more from cresting the hills to the east, but the crew of this D&RGW K-36 has already been up for hours putting together ... (more)
Gloomy sky, gloomy future. The gloomy morning sky over the Chama Yard pretty well reflects the prospects for the old soldier seen here. The former D&RGW #483, a Baldwin K-36 Locomotive, w... (more)
Steamscape: COLORado. D&RGW Locomotive #315 emerges from the "blazing" aspen forest at Coxo, Colorado, just prior to crossing Highway 17 for the 3rd time on the run to Cumbres P... (more)
There's gold in them there hills! The hills of the Chama Valley are ablaze with aspen gold as a short stock train slowly claws its way up the 4% grade toward Cumbres Pass. On level groun... (more)
Weed city....no weeds now! D&RGW Locomotive #315 chugs slowly toward the 28-car siding located just south of Lobato Trestle on the run to Cumbres Pass. Back in 1970, this site was used a... (more)
Passing Jukes' Tree. D&RGW Locomotive #315 sets off out of Chama, NM with 4 stock cars and a caboose for Cumbres Pass, seen here passing the more than 100 year-old tree named for early 20t... (more)
Climbing towards Cumbres Pass.
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)
After cresting the Summit at Cumbres, the C&TS #489 drops downgrade and heads into the first horseshoe at Tanglefoot Curve on the East side of the Pass.
Durango & Silverton 481 leads a full train of passengers around the highline horse shoe as the Animas River flows a few hundred feet below.
The daily Eastbound C&TS Passenger train with double heading Steam engines has finished climbing the grade out of Chama and is just past Windy Point as it approaches the Summit of Cumbres Pass.
C&TS 487 heads up the 4% grade with a freight special.
Water Stop at Matterhorn. In the midst of intermittent rain showers and sunny breaks, a re-creation Rio Grande Southern Doubleheader pulls into the section camp at "Matterhorn", w... (more)