Deep Snow at MP 306.5. When the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec planned this flanger charter, the goal had been to reach Sublette. When a similar charter was done a year before, reaching Sublette was quite an accomplishment, as the snows had been very deep. Because there was a lot less snow in 2016, we reached Sublette earlier than planned. Since water was available, and there were indications of deeper snow just beyond Sublette to the west, the directors of our charter called an audible and decided to proceed west for a mile or so and see if we could find some additional plowing opportunities.
As you can see in the image above, it didn't take long to get into some deep stuff. Here, the 487 is bucking the drifts and occasionally slipping her tires as she heads uphill just past MP 306. I just happened to be in the forward part of the open gondola and was able to capture this image of Flanger OJ pushing back the deepest snow we encountered on the trip.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad are all that remains of the legendary Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge system. Here you'll find some of my favorites from these two beautiful railways.