Sunrise on the Rio Grande Southern. The "sunrise" herald of the Rio Grande Southern on Locomotive #455's tender stands out in the early morning light as she crosses a small wooden trestle right at sunrise. This scene was staged as part of a 3-day, Rio Grande Southern re-creation photo charter on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The charter was organized by the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, and utilized a mix of historic D&RGW and RGS equipment, including K-27 Locomotive #463, disguised as RGS #455. The location seen here is actually Ferguson's Trestle (aka Hangman's Trestle) at MP 285.9. Although the sunrise was dimmed a bit due to atmospheric smoke from western wildfires, that sun still did a great job of illuminating the spaces between the timbers on the bridge deck. They almost look like they're on fire.
A growing album of photos that IMHO reveal the awesome and seldom seen beauty of railroads in the dimming of day to dawn's early light! From dusk to dawn, lights are on! (I still find new "Lights In The Night"!)