By the light of the silvery moon.... and with a little help from some strategically-placed strobe lights, RGS Mudhen #455 poses for an evening portrait with her freight train, on a remote desert trestle in Western Colorado.
Of course, this is really D&RGW #463 filling in for the long-ago-scrapped 455. Of the original 15 K-27 "Mudhens", only two survive and the 463 is the only one that still operates in Colorado. This image was captured at the end of the second day of a Rio Grande Southern re-creation freight charter, organized by the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and operated on that line. The location is Ferguson's Trestle (aka "Hangman's Trestle"), which is about 5 miles west of Antonito Colorado. Strobe lighting was provided by Mike Shade. Moonlight was courtesy of the Big Trainmaster in the sky.
An ongoing/growing album of photos that IMHO reveal the awesome, but seldom seen beauty of railroads because most of us don't go out after sundown or before sunrise. From dusk to dawn, lights are on! (And I continue to find new "Lights In The Night"!)