RailPictures.Net Photo: DRGW 463 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Steam 2-8-2 at Osier, Colorado by Kevin Madore
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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
Phantom Curve (MP 312.30) (more..)
Osier, Colorado, USA (more..)
September 30, 2013
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DRGW 463 (more..)
Freight Extra 463 (more..)
Kevin Madore (more..)
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Photogenic Phantom. One of the two surviving Baldwin K-27 "Mudhens" rolls a consist of tanks and boxes westbound through Phantom Curve, just outside Osier, Colorado on a sunny, fall afternoon. Phantom is a great location for photographing the narrow gauge....provided that your train gets there at the proper time. The steep, rocky canyon walls and tall timber ensure that there are lots of shadows to contend with for much of the day. Fortunately, on this particular day, Conductor Alan Loomis put us there at just the right time for an afternoon shot.

Phantom Curve was apparently named by D&RG crews running night trains back in the very early days of the railroad. The darting shadows produced when the locomotive headlights struck the unique geology of this location, combined with the flange squeal from the sharp curve produced a rather haunting experience for tired crews on the long trip through the middle of nowhere.

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