RailPictures.Net Photo: DRGW 487 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Steam 2-8-2 at Sublette, New Mexico by Kevin Madore
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» Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
» Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
» West of Sublette (MP 306.5) (more..)
» Sublette, New Mexico, USA (more..)
» March 13, 2016
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» DRGW 487 (more..)
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Deep Snow at MP 306.5. When the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec planned this flanger charter, the goal had been to reach Sublette. When a similar charter was done a year before, reaching Sublette was quite an accomplishment, as the snows had been very deep. Because there was a lot less snow in 2016, we reached Sublette earlier than planned. Since water was available, and there were indications of deeper snow just beyond Sublette to the west, the directors of our charter called an audible and decided to proceed west for a mile or so and see if we could find some additional plowing opportunities.

As you can see in the image above, it didn't take long to get into some deep stuff. Here, the 487 is bucking the drifts and occasionally slipping her tires as she heads uphill just past MP 306. I just happened to be in the forward part of the open gondola and was able to capture this image of Flanger OJ pushing back the deepest snow we encountered on the trip.

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