Cumbres & Toltec K-27 No. 463, masquerading as Rio Grande Southern No. 455, crosses Ferguson's Trestle just as the sun breaks the horizon. This was the second day of a Friends of the Cumbres & Tol... (more)
K-36 #487 drifts past the coaling tower at Chama with freight train in tow.
Sometimes you don't want a caboose. The 315 had to take a cut of cars up the hill to Cumbres, but the four percent to too much for all the cars and a caboose, so the caboose was left behind. Thi... (more)
D&RGW 315 being turned near the snowshed at Cumbres Summit.
487 pulls away from the engine house to be readied for her day as helper engine up the hill to Cumbres.
Back on the High Line. DRGW 473, an Alco K-28 Locomotive built in 1923, is seen here hauling her Silverton Mixed Train southbound around the High Line Horseshoe Curve, some 400 ft above the... (more)
Cement Wall southbound. From up on the rocks above track level, we see our Silverton Mixed charging southbound around the curve at MP 476.5 at the location known as "Cement Wall."... (more)
Twin Bridges - MP 489.9. Our Silverton Mixed crosses the Animas yet again just about 5 miles north of Needleton Tank. This location is known as "Twin Bridges" because there are t... (more)
Crossing the Animas southbound. Departing Silverton for Durango, our Silverton Mixed Train crosses the Animas for the first of 7 times, seen here on the timber bridge at MP 495.25, just a m... (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)
The last Animas crossing. As she leaves the Animas Gorge and enters Silverton, our Mixed Train crosses the Animas one last time on the timber bridge at MP 495.25. This is always a great ph... (more)
"And by the time you get your hide past the Snowshed Slide.... You've had a ride on the Silverton, The Silverton Train." Those words penned over 4 decades ago by William Dale Fries, Jr. (a... (more)
I didn't realize it at the time, how glad I would be to have pictures of K37 497 operating. Fast forward 23 years and who know if we will ever see 497 run again.
MP 483 - Needle Creek Canyon. At around MP 483, our Silverton Mixed passes the confluence of Needle Creek and the Animas River. This location is a nice, open meadow and a great location to... (more)
Along the Rio de las Animas Perdidas. The old D&RGW Silverton Line follows the valley of the Rio de las Animas Perdidas (River of Lost Souls) from Durango to Silverton. After passing Tacom... (more)