RailPictures.Net Photo: DRGW 498 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Steam 2-8-2 at Chama, New Mexico by John West
 
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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
A few miles west of Chama (more..)
Chama, New Mexico, USA (more..)
September, 1964
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DRGW 498 (more..)
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John West (more..)
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Extra 498 west climbs out of Willow Creek heading toward the Continental Divide at Azotea and ultimately Durango. One of the oddities of the Alamosa to Durango line is even though it crossed 10,000 foot Cumbres pass east of Chama, the Continental divide was at a much lower elevation west of Chama, in relatively flat country.
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Narrow gauge in America

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Backlit beauties

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The front of the train is dark. This is just what makes the picture so good.
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Rio Grande Narrow Gauge in the 60's

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The DRGW narrow gauge was the last major steam operation in the U.S. The climb over 10,000 foot Cumbres pass was spectacular, with two engines handling 70 car trains. Hopefully these images convey some of the drama of mountain steam railroading.
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