Veteran Cumbres and Toltec Railroader Ray Martinez calls helper locomotive 489 back to a joint with road locomotive 487 in preparation for the daily train's journey up Cumbres
No need to grab a thirst buster today, as the Cumbres and Toltec's daily train is led by a double headed whammy of K-36 power past the water tank at Cresco.
Making the final strides into Cumbres, K-36 488 leaves Tanglefoot Curve under threatening skies. The train would end up arriving an hour late into Chama after a mudslide blocked the track just we... (more)
Cooling her heels after pulling the dinner train up Cumbres. The 487 basks in the glow of the annual Village of Chama fireworks
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)
Halfway home - we'll be there by... Night. Catching the last sunlight of the day, Grand Canyon Railway 29 and 4960 cross Miller's Wash, the half way point between the Canyon and the home terminal... (more)
A winter squall whips across the Arizona Northland, as Grand Canyon Railway #29 eases into "Miller's Wash", the lowest point on the GCRy. Asides from the sinuous twists and gentle grade... (more)
A winter squall whips across the Arizona Northland, as Grand Canyon Railway Chief Mechanical Officer Eric Hadder and a crew member tend to oiling around the century old beast.
A winter squall whips across the Arizona Northland, as Grand Canyon Railway 29 runs the hogbacks on her was to the Grand Chasm to the North
A quiet night at "Sleepy Hollow" is interrupted by a passing train through the cold night air.
Rounding Coxo Curve, 489 and train head upgrade towards Cumbres.
Leaving Miller's Wash and a green board behind, 4960 proceeds to make short work of getting back to track speed.
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.
Overcoming gravity on one, if not the steepest railroad in the country, Rio Grande Southern 455 and Cumbres and Toltec 487 climb out of The Chama River Valley (which extends into the backdrop) to... (more)