Lake Lobato: The climb begins in earnest. The Cumbres & Toltec Rotary Outfit takes the turn at Lake Lobato as it emerges from The Narrows and digs into the 4% grade that culminates at Cumbr... (more)
Through the Narrows. Propelled by the muscle of two, 94-ton, K-36 Locomotives, the Cumbres & Toltec's Rotary Snow Plow "OY" pushes through the stretch of track known as "The Narrows" about ... (more)
Lost in the landscape. Under a threatening sky, our RGS Freight is almost lost in the landscape of the New Mexico desert, as she runs around Lava Loop toward Antonito, CO, some 10 miles to ... (more)
Big Horn Wye. Here's an angle you don't often see of an RGS re-creation freight, turning on the wye at Big Horn, New Mexico. Built in 1880, the wye here was often used as a turning locati... (more)
Steamscape: Big Horn Peak. DRGW 315 rounds the curve just below Big Horn Peak on a cloudy, fall afternoon, trailing her RGS Freight re-creation, which is bound for Antonito, CO. With a su... (more)
Running Los Pinos Creek. Here's a wide-angle view of our Rio Grande Southern freight re-creation, as it runs behind DRGW 315 along the Los Pinos Creek on the east side of the valley.
In the valley of the Los Pinos. The second day of our 2018 Rio Grande Southern re-creation featured a locomotive that didn't require any re-lettering, because DRGW Consolidation #315 was ac... (more)
Approaching Cumbres Pass. With her pops lifting and her Fireman's injector going full-blast, DRGW 453 hauls a mixed freight the last mile up the eastern approach to the 10,000 ft. Cumbres P... (more)
"Tanglefoot Lake" (MP 329.6). DRGW 453 throws a reflection in the pond of standing water along Tanglefoot Curve, as she completes her climb to the 10,000 ft. high Cumbres Pass, ju... (more)
Toward Chama via Cumbres. DRGW 453 charges upgrade past the Los Pinos Tank toward Cumbres Pass, amidst the breathtaking display of fall colors on the hills to the north.
Of course, the l... (more)
Crossing Cascade Creek. A Rio Grande Southern freight re-creation tip-toes across the iron trestle over Cascade Creek on a breezy fall afternoon. Heading up our train this day is DRGW 453,... (more)
Golden Hour at Ferguson's. The sagebrush are still casting very long shadows as DRGW Mudhen #453 charges upgrade from Ferguson's Trestle, on the westbound run to Chama via Cumbres Pass.
Sunrise at Ferguson's. DRGW K-27 Mudhen #453 steps across Ferguson's Trestle at MP 285.87, just moments after sunrise, hauling a freight westbound toward Chama and Durango, via Cumbres Pass... (more)
Fall stock rush in full swing. The crew of DRGW 315 pulls her stock train up to the Chama Stock Pens to load cattle for an eastbound run to Alamosa.
Almost home.... With their coal bunker all but empty, and the heavy lifting pretty much done, Firemen Olaf and Dave can pretty much relax for the last three miles and change as DRGW 315 and... (more)