Rotary OY reaches Cumbres Pass. Looking very much like it might have perhaps 80 years earlier, Rotary OY and her snow-fighting outfit reaches the snow-bound section house at the summit of C... (more)
Working toward Windy Point. Just 40 minutes after leaving Coxo Crossing, the Cumbres & Toltec's Rotary Outfit works its way along the ledge above Coxo, headed for Windy Point, just ahead. ... (more)
Breakout! After several minutes of hard plowing, Rotary OY and her train finally break through the 3 foot snow pack and onto Colorado Highway 17, with Pilot Marvin Casias leading the charge... (more)
Plowing the deep stuff at Coxo. As the Cumbres & Toltec's Rotary Outfit approaches the Highway 17 crossing at Coxo, the game begins to change. For most of the run from Chama to this locat... (more)
Steamscape: Perry's Pond. There are no pretty reflections, just shadows this day, as the Cumbres & Toltec Rotary Outfit claws its way through the last quarter mile toward the Highway 17 Cro... (more)
Steamscape: Orgasm Curve. With the snow-pack slowly deepening, the Cumbres & Toltec Rotary Outfit winds its way through the complex S-curve at Milepost 336.2 that has, in the past half cent... (more)
Approaching the S-Curves. The crew on Rotary OY has the safeties popping as the plow train continues the trek east toward Cumbres Pass, seen here approaching the S-Curves at MP 337.
Heading for the high country. Approaching 9,000 ft. MSL and with nearly 7 miles still left to go to make Cumbres Pass, the Cumbres & Toltec's Rotary Outfit is still making steady progress t... (more)
Shadow Dance. Plume shadows dance in the wind on a soft, snowy carpet as the the Cumbres & Toltec's Rotary Outfit approaches the second Highway 17 crossing, not far from the Colorado State ... (more)
Anatomy of a Rotary. High above Highway 17, and just north of Lobo Lodge, the Cumbres & Toltec's Rotary Snow Plow OY continues to slice through the snow-pack as she clears the line from Cha... (more)
Rotary OY rests under the coal tipple in Chama after a long day of clearing the line. The fan at the front as just spun down after a test spin.
Even in the light snow just outside of Chama Rotary OY and its two locomotives put on a show in the bright sun.
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)
Hey, buddy! Rotary snow plows are NOT allowed on the platform! I'm not sure I had ever seen a photo of a rotary plow being used to clear a station platform, nor could I recall ever hearing... (more)