Approaching Cumbres Pass. With her pops lifting and her Fireman's injector going full-blast, DRGW 453 hauls a mixed freight the last mile up the eastern approach to the 10,000 ft. Cumbres P... (more)
"Tanglefoot Lake" (MP 329.6). DRGW 453 throws a reflection in the pond of standing water along Tanglefoot Curve, as she completes her climb to the 10,000 ft. high Cumbres Pass, ju... (more)
Toward Chama via Cumbres. DRGW 453 charges upgrade past the Los Pinos Tank toward Cumbres Pass, amidst the breathtaking display of fall colors on the hills to the north.
Of course, the l... (more)
Crossing Cascade Creek. A Rio Grande Southern freight re-creation tip-toes across the iron trestle over Cascade Creek on a breezy fall afternoon. Heading up our train this day is DRGW 453,... (more)
Golden Hour at Ferguson's. The sagebrush are still casting very long shadows as DRGW Mudhen #453 charges upgrade from Ferguson's Trestle, on the westbound run to Chama via Cumbres Pass.
Sunrise at Ferguson's. DRGW K-27 Mudhen #453 steps across Ferguson's Trestle at MP 285.87, just moments after sunrise, hauling a freight westbound toward Chama and Durango, via Cumbres Pass... (more)
Passengers cross Trout Brook. One of the longest-standing goals of the WW&F Museum for the roughly 30 years of its existence, came to fruition during the 2019 Fall Work Weekend, as a steam ... (more)
Steam over Trout Brook! For the first time in 86 years, a steam locomotive crossed Trout Brook during the 2019 Fall Work Weekend. All of this activity was associated with work trains of on... (more)
Rails over Trout Brook! The 2019 Fall Work Weekend at the WW&F marked a major milestone in the history of the museum. For the first time in 82 years, rails were once again in place across ... (more)
Ballasting, the old fashioned way. With the track in place, and securely spiked, the task of applying ballast begins. Here, the WW&F crew is seen ballasting the southern approach to the ne... (more)
"Swingin' the hammers and drawin' up pay". The lyrics to Gordon Lightfoot's "Canadian Railway Trilogy" come to mind as I watch the WW&F Spiking Crew in action behind the... (more)
"Insta-Track" (TM). At the WW&F Railway Museum, track-laying definitely follows a very scripted process. Once a pair of rails are in place, crews immediately begin attaching tem... (more)
Joining the rails. With the rail in place on the tie-bed, WW&F crew members go about the task of attaching joint bars to couple the new section to the previous one. Note the small track c... (more)
"Elmer" in action - Laying down rail. The WW&F Gantry Car "Elmer" delivers a length of rail to the crew working in front of the train. A traveling crane with chain fal... (more)
"Elmer" in action - Tie Placement. Beginning a rail-laying cycle, the WW&F Gantry Crane "Elmer" has just delivered a tie bundle to the ground in front of the work train. Each bundle conta... (more)