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)
Passengers are happily chowing down in the dining hall, but the crews still have work to do before our trains can continue on to their destinations in Chama and Antonito. Engine #484's fireman is... (more)
Outside the Alamosa shops ready to head West to Chama
An HTP 35 car charter freight heads west toward Osier around MP 317. The Friends of the C&TS helped make such a long train happen.
The off beat bark from a pair of Baldwin K-36s fill the crisp fall air as they team up to work westbound tonnage up Cumbres Pass. K-36 489 with its swing helper 484 have been dressed up in Rio Gra... (more)
The start of another work day. The passenger train conductor heads over to #484 to confer with the engineer.
Hammerin' uphill at Hamilton's Point. D&RGW Locomotive #484 leads a 2-engine, 17-car, Cumbres Turn around the contours of the west side of Wolf Creek Canyon, just past the rocky outcroppin... (more)
Working hard at Dalton. Engineer Jeff Stebbins has DRGW 484 hooked up as he watches the craziness at Dalton crossing from the best seat on the train. His water bag hung from the cab wind... (more)
Steamscape: Lobo Lodge. Two K-36 Locomotives, 17 freight cars and one caboose make up this morning's Cumbres Turn, which is seen here hammering up the legendary 4% grade from Chama to Cumb... (more)
DRGW K-36 #484 is seen shortly after departing Antonito for Osier and eventually Chama, NM.
The Cumbres Turn. Two Denver & Rio Grande Western K-36 Locomotives haul a large cut of boxes, tanks and gons eastbound out of the Chama Yard, as they begin the run up the 4% grade to Cumbr... (more)
A Grande Sunset: "On fire" at "Stein's Curve." Literally at the moment of sunset, a westbound Rio Grande Freight suddenly "catches fire" with solar glint, as it negotiates "Stein's Curve", ... (more)
Sunset at Lava Loop. After a day of shooting under changeable skies and occasional light rain showers, the patrons on the 2015 Historic Transport Preservation (HTP) Rio Grande Charter all h... (more)
Steam, Smoke and Sagebrush under a Mackerel Sky. A long D&RGW freight drag charges west through the wide-open desert of New Mexico on a cool, fall morning, under a gorgeous deck of puffy al... (more)
Phall Colors at Phantom Curve. A peek through the rapidly yellowing aspens reveals an eastbound D&RGW Freight approaching the volcanic rock formations at Phantom Curve.
Phantom Curve wa... (more)