The End. Although most steam charter photos tend to focus on the front end of the train, the 2017 Rio Grande Southern re-creation charter at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad wasn't jus... (more)
On the pass at Lizard Head.... The long-extinct Rio Grande Southern railroad ran from Durango to Ridgway, Colorado, a distance of about 162 rail miles. Like the D&RGW Line between Chama a... (more)
RGS 455 at Apache Canyon. RGS 455 (DRGW 463 in disguise) hauls her freight around the rock formation just east of Apache Canyon Crossing at about MP 327.75. This particular location and... (more)
Volcanic Rock. It's just past high noon as our re-creation RGS Freight with the 455 on the point charges upgrade past an odd formation of ancient volcanic rock. This formation, at around ... (more)
Water at Matterhorn.Our Engineman stands patiently in the gangway, as his Fireman fills the tender cistern of Rio Grande Southern Mudhen #455 from the standpipe at Matterhorn.
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By the light of the silvery moon.... and with a little help from some strategically-placed strobe lights, RGS Mudhen #455 poses for an evening portrait with her freight train, on a remote d... (more)
Late Afternoon Eastbound. A pair of elderly Rio Grande Southern Locomotives hustle a heavy freight east toward Durango in the fading afternoon sun. In this 2017 re-creation, our power line... (more)
Water Stop at Matterhorn. In the midst of intermittent rain showers and sunny breaks, a re-creation Rio Grande Southern Doubleheader pulls into the section camp at "Matterhorn", w... (more)
Part of the care and maintenance of any coal burning steam locomotive includes cleaning out the ash pan, and just as it's been done spanning three centurys, today in Chama is no different.
RGS Doubleheader. D&RGW #315, a C-18 Consolidation, and RGS #455, a K-27 Mikado double head on a Rio Grande Southern freight re-creation on a warm afternoon in late summer. The train is s... (more)
A helping hand. The smoke from the K-27 road engine up ahead is still fresh in the air as C-18 class Consolidation #315 charges past, providing mid-train power to help lift the heavy Rio Gr... (more)
Hammering upgrade. RGS 455 (leading) and DRGW 315 (helping mid-train) hammer uphill westbound with a morning freight on the Rio Grande Southern. Historic photos of train operations on the l... (more)
Wildflowers on the RGS. Early September in Colorado sure seems to bring out the colorful wildflowers. Here's RGS Locomotive #455 (actually D&RGW 463 in disguise) crossing a small wooden tr... (more)
Lined for the Main. Rio Grande Southern 455 takes to the main on a crisp fall morning in Chama New Mexico.
Showing signs of her true identity, "Rio Grande Southern No.455" takes water from the Rico, er, Chama Water Tank on a crisp September Morning.