RailPictures.Net Photo: DRGW 478 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Steam 2-8-2 at Durango, Colorado by John West
 
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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
Between Durango and Hermosa (more..)
Durango, Colorado, USA (more..)
September, 1965
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DRGW 478 (more..)
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"Through the weeds not around them". That was a parody of the DRGW's old advertising slogan, "through the Rockies not around them", dreamed up by DRGW engineer Andy Payne, probably while running along track like this. A Silverton branch work train heads north through the Animas Valley. In those days the track here was through a marshy area subject to spring flooding and the weeds grew profusely. Today the track has been raised substantially, ballasted with crushed rock, and the 70 pound rail replaced with 90.
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