SLRG 18 pulls the last of the 2.5% grade to the summit of La Veta Pass. The iconic location on the original D&RGW railroad became a beehive of activity as the photographer's special made a photo r... (more)
Same picture from a different perspective.. Looking like a scene from a Lucius Beebe book, the pretty streamer sits at the water tower. The tower is not really a water tower but used as a storage... (more)
Atop the magnificent pass, the unlettered former LS&I 2-8-0 is beautiful after its overhaul. She performed an impressive runby from west of the pass then we reboarded for our distination.
From atop the magnificent pass, the unlettered former LS&I 2-8-0 is beautiful after its overhaul. She is performing an impressive runby from west of the pass.
Looking like a scene from a Lucius Beebe book, the pretty streamer sits at the water tower. The tower is not really a water tower but used as a storage building. We had a great first trip after... (more)
For a short time in the Summer of 2011 you could ride a train from Chama, New Mexico to Antonito, CO, then board a standard gauge train and ride all the way to La, Veta all behind steam. SLRG 18 ... (more)
Sunset over La Veta. Perhaps twice over. While this photo shows San Luis and Rio Grande 2-8-0 No. 18 pulling a freight over the divide of La Veta Pass at Fir in 2008... This shot may no longer b... (more)
Acting on instructions from his conductor, Engineer Steven Butler (and at the time, Steam CMO) of the San Luis and Rio Grande, backs former Lake Superior and Ishpeming (and Grand Cany... (more)
Rare winter steam trip up La Veta Pass is about to board at the depot. #18 has been sitting out SLRG ops for 2014, expected to steam up next summer perhaps.
Attacking the final grade to the summit of Veta Pass at Sierra, San Luis and Rio Grande #18 rounds the end of the balloon loop as one of the railroad's firemen, John Charles, has detrained to take... (more)
Not sure how I missed posting this "when it was new"...but it became my Christmas Card for 2012.
The four loads of scoria rock are full tonnage for the 18 as it labors up the final quarter mile to the 9242 foot summit at Fir, enveloped in its own smoke. Just a of touch of Fall color remains.... (more)
SLRG 18 heading east with loads. A Farrails/Lerro charter.
Rio Grand Scenic 18 departs Fort Garland with all the sound and fury of a 4-8-4.
SLRG 18 slips its wheels on a photo run-bye on the steep 3% grade of La Veta Pass.