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Rio Grande - Scenic Line of the World
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad are all that remains of the legendary Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge system. Here you'll find some of my favorites from these two beautiful railways.
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Photo ID: 421195

September snows. The daily eastbound out of Chama powers up the last few hundred yards toward the Highway 17 Crossing at Coxo, Colorado, as the billowing cumulus threaten to become an overc... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Coxo, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: 2
Photo Date: September 24, 2009


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Added: Jan 13, 2013

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Photo ID: 420911

488 to the Rescue - Adventures in Mountain Railroading. Locomotive 488 rumbles across the Lobato Trestle with westbound Train 3, just after 6PM on September 23rd, 2009. The train is over ... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Lobato, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: 3
Photo Date: September 23, 2009


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Added: Jan 10, 2013

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Photo ID: 420894

Ah, New Mexico in late September. Cool, crisp air, golden Aspens on the hillsides....what a great time for a first visit to the Narrow Gauge. Wait a minute....what the heck is THIS?? Yes... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Lobato, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: 3
Photo Date: September 23, 2009


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Added: Jan 10, 2013

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Photo ID: 414705

The "Grande" at its grandest. In a re-creation of the glory days of the D&RGW, a pair of K-36s rumble past the stockpens on the outskirts of Chama, NM, hauling a long train of freight cars ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Work Extra 487
Photo Date: October 19, 2012


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Added: Nov 12, 2012

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Photo ID: 414615

The Cumbres Turn. When the Denver & Rio Grande Western operated the line from Chama, NM to Antonito, CO, freight paid the bills. For the eastbound freights, the primary obstacle was a gruel... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Lobato, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Work Extra 487
Photo Date: October 23, 2012


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Added: Nov 12, 2012

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Photo ID: 414614

Sunrise at Lava Tank. A Denver & Rio Grande Western freight making an early morning run from Alamosa to Chama charges through the loop at Lava Tank as the sun peeks over the hills to the ea... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: San Miguel, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Work Extra 487
Photo Date: October 22, 2012


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Added: Nov 12, 2012

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Photo ID: 414279

Windy Point: A view from Roger's Rock. On a chilly fall morning, we watch a D&RGW freight, as it tip-toes along the cliff just below Windy Point and prepares to enter the station at Cumbre... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Cumbres, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: Work Extra 488
Photo Date: October 20, 2012


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Added: Nov 08, 2012

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Photo ID: 414195

Coxo: The view from Kodak Rock. A stubby monolith located just below Windy Point has come to be known among rail enthusiasts as "Kodak Rock", because it provides a commanding view of the na... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Coxo, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Work Extra 487
Photo Date: October 23, 2012


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Added: Nov 07, 2012

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Photo ID: 414101

Miracles happen here. Here's a rare look inside the Chama Shop building, where the steam locomotives that serve the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad are serviced and maintained. The railro... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: None
Photo Date: October 19, 2012


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Added: Nov 06, 2012

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Photo ID: 414020

Climbing out of Los Pinos. Rio Grande Locomotive 488 belches out a sooty black plume as she digs her heels in for the steep climb out of the Los Pinos Valley. The freight seen here is pas... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Los Pinos, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: Work Extra 488
Photo Date: October 20, 2012


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Added: Nov 05, 2012

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Photo ID: 413974

Apache Canyon Sunset. With just a minute or two of sunlight left, a Rio Grande Freight sails through Apache Canyon, on the westbound run to Cumbres Pass. On the 4th day of the FarRail/Lerr... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Los Pinos, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Work Extra 487
Photo Date: October 22, 2012


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Added: Nov 05, 2012

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Photo ID: 413593

Steam and Sagebrush: Sunrise at Hangman's Trestle. Rio Grande Locomotive 488 races westbound across Hangman's Trestle at track speed, hauling loads of steel pipe, destined for the gas field... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: Work Extra 488
Photo Date: October 21, 2012


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Added: Oct 31, 2012

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Photo ID: 413514

Steamscape: Orgasm Curve. A pair of Chama-based K-36s take a cut of freight cars through the stretch of track that has come to be known as "Orgasm Curve". There are a number of tales in ci... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Lobato, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Work Extra 487
Photo Date: October 23, 2012


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Added: Oct 30, 2012

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Photo ID: 413371

Desert Glint. A Rio Grande Freight races westbound across the New Mexico desert, just after sunrise on a chilly fall morning. The landscape on the eastern third of the present-day Cumbres ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: San Miguel, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Work Extra 487
Photo Date: October 22, 2012


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Added: Oct 29, 2012

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Photo ID: 413348

Arriving from Durango. A double-headed, Rio Grande freight passes the stock pens at the south end of the Chama Yard just after dawn, completing its 107 mile night run from Durango. In the ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Work Extra 487
Photo Date: October 19, 2012


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Added: Oct 28, 2012

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