What a difference a day makes. The first day the rotary operated in 1991 was in a blizzard up to Cumbres Pass. The next day May 5th, for the trip from Cumbres Pass east was crystal blue skies.
With heavy snows the previous winter, a fan trip became the real thing, in May of 1991. As Rotary OY and K36's 487 and 488 had to give it all they had to clear the line over Cumbres Pass. They hav... (more)
Every one is taking it all in as steam powered Rotary OY, K36 487 and K36 488 Clean out the tracks a Cumbres Summit.
In all my years of railroading, I have never seen anything as incredible as three steam locomotives trying to break through the snow, ice and rock at windy point. The snow was as tall as the rotar... (more)
After two days of hard work, in what was originally thought to take only two days. Rotary OY and 487 must continue on late into the evening, so they can finish the job to get the line open for the... (more)
Southern Pacific Steam Rotary No. 205, built in 1920 by Alco-Cooke was donated to the California State Railroad Museum. The Rotary was on display during the museums Trains and Tripods program. You... (more)
Not self propelled steam rotary # 4 of the Bergen line, part of the Rallarmuséet (Navvies museum) in Finse, Norway's highest railway station on 1222 meter a.s.l. This sixaxle rotary with fouraxle ... (more)
Rotary OY with aux tender, two engines, and a caboose plows up to the summit at Cumbres.