It's fall of 2009, and my son and I are in town for a Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec #315 special, but of course we HAVE to show up a day early so we can chase steam through the backcountry. He... (more)
Rio Grande Southern Motor #5 (aka the Galloping Goose) has made a quick stop at Bighorn Wye on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR and now continues on to Osier. Goose #5 is owned and operated by the... (more)
A unique piece of Colorado history, the "Galloping Goose", came into being due to the struggles of the Rio Grande Southern, a narrow gauge line which went from Ridgway, Colorado to Duran... (more)
Pillar of Smoke
Rio Grande Southern Mikado #455 has a towering smoke plume as it leads a work extra past the "Matterhorn" bunk house. This train was a recreation of an RGS freigh... (more)
Water at Matterhorn.Our Engineman stands patiently in the gangway, as his Fireman fills the tender cistern of Rio Grande Southern Mudhen #455 from the standpipe at Matterhorn.
Astute o... (more)
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)
Bucking the deep stuff at MP 307.0. Just west of Sublette, DRGW 487 slips the drivers a bit as she struggles uphill through the "white concrete" with a full flanger consist behind... (more)
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 ... (more)
Water at Sublette. Here's a more conventional view of our D&RGW Flanger train arriving at Sublette. The water column at the west end of the complex is normally operational and is used dail... (more)
Arriving at Sublette. A D&RGW Flanger outfit is seen here arriving at the remote Section House in Sublette around mid-afternoon. This complex of buildings was historically occupied by a s... (more)
D&RGW Work Extra 463 West. A D&RGW MOW Extra works its way west toward a construction site near Sublette, NM. In the consist today are Pile Driver OB and Derrick OP, as well as a number of... (more)
A work train with DRGW 463 arrives Sublette for a quick water stop.
Tanks and pipes at MP 305. A pair of D&RGW K-36 Locomotives drag a heavy consist of tanks and pipes westbound past MP 305, en route to the oil fields near Farmington, NM. One quick look at... (more)
Snaking around the contours of the Conejos Formation above the Rio de Los Pinos, a Denver & Rio Grande Western Freight slowly works its way west on the run from Alamosa, CO, to Chama, NM vi... (more)
Running a Maintenance charter for the 'Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec,' locomotive 463 starts the train up after stopping briefly on a curve outside of Sublette.