RailPictures.Net Photo: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Steam 2-8-2 at Antonito, Colorado by John West
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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
Tanglefoot curve on Cumbres Pass (more..)
Antonito, Colorado, USA (more..)
July, 1963
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John West (more..)
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A long eastbound train rounds Tanglefoot curve east of Cumbres. Tanglefoot may or may not have been a term used by the railroaders, it does not appear in any timetables or special instructions, but was and is common among fans of the DRGW. Much photographic coverage of Cumbres focused on the dramatic two engine "Cumbres Turns" that shuttled cuts of cars up the 4 percent grade from Chama to the top. Eastbound from Cumbres cars would be assembled into long trains up to 70 cars that could be handled down the mostly 1.42 percent descending grade to Antonito and Alamosa with only one engine. The drama here was the long trains wrapped around the sweeping curves that characterized the east side.
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