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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: 402952

Cumbres Vista. The crew DRGW 485 takes in the afternoon vista from the summit of Cumbres Pass, as they pause just west of Cumbres Station before proceeding down the 4% grade to Chama. Of ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Cumbres, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 485
Train ID: Photo Charter
Photo Date: September 21, 2011


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Added: Jul 09, 2012

Views: 3,470
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Photo ID: 394894

Perfect Plumage. Engineer Bill Colley wraps a gorgeous gray plume around the point as he brings his mixed freight east (compass west....LOL!) onto the famous High Line Horseshoe Curve in Ro... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Rockwood, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 478
Train ID: Winter Photo Train
Photo Date: February 20, 2011


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Added: Apr 11, 2012

Views: 4,300
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Favorited: 17

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Photo ID: 394802

Steamscape - Shalona Lake. The stillness of a snowy winter morning in the San Juan Foothills is shattered by the explosive stack talk of a D&RGW K-28 as it claws its way along the rock ledg... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Rockwood, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 478
Train ID: Winter Photo Train
Photo Date: February 20, 2011


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Added: Apr 10, 2012

Views: 5,363
Comments: 7

Favorited: 54

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Photo ID: 394685

Eastbound San Juan. The Denver & Rio Grande Western's "San Juan New Mexico Express" runs south (railroad east) along the icy Animas River at Tefft, on a cold February afternoon. Before th... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Needleton, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 478
Train ID: Photo Charter
Photo Date: February 21, 2011


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Added: Apr 09, 2012

Views: 4,027
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Favorited: 27

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Photo ID: 394610

Eastbound Silverton Mixed. A D&RGW Mixed Freight lifts the pops as she slowly transits the High Line toward Rockwood Colorado on a chilly winter morning. The train depicted here is typica... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Rockwood, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 478
Train ID: Photo Charter
Photo Date: February 22, 2011


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Added: Apr 09, 2012

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Favorited: 37

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Photo ID: 387015

An early spring along the Animas. The calendar says that winter still has a month to go, but already, the snows in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains are beginning to melt away. A bri... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Tacoma, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 478
Train ID: Photo Charter
Photo Date: February 21, 2011


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Added: Jan 16, 2012

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Favorited: 28
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Photo ID: 386848

Steamscape - Winter in the San Juans. A fresh dusting of snow covers the San Juan Foothills as a D&RGW mixed train eases through the High Line, some 400 feet above the icy Animas River.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Rockwood, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 478
Train ID: Winter Photo Train
Photo Date: February 20, 2011


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Added: Jan 15, 2012

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Favorited: 62
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Photo ID: 386668

Shadows and highlights. Late afternoon sun filters through the leafless brush and highlights the chocolate plume from D&RGW 478, as she drifts toward the Colorado Highway 250 crossing above... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Rockwood, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 478
Train ID: Photo Charter
Photo Date: February 21, 2011


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Added: Jan 12, 2012

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Photo ID: 383258

I love the smell of coal smoke in the morning. With the brilliant September sunlight streaming through the trees on the east side of the yard, DRGW 487 approaches the Chama Water Tank for h... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: None
Photo Date: September 20, 2011


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Added: Dec 07, 2011

Views: 4,079
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Favorited: 28
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Photo ID: 383172

Pit Crew for the Chama Choo-Choo. Day after day, from late May through early October, members of the Chama Shop Crew perform their afternoon ritual of inspecting their locomotives and prepa... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: None
Photo Date: September 19, 2011


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Added: Dec 06, 2011

Views: 3,977
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Favorited: 21


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Photo ID: 381331

Switching at Cumbres Pass. A D&RGW Brakeman battles the glare of the evening sun as he and the crew of a westbound freight perform some switching moves in the yard at Cumbres Pass. His da... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Cumbres, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 485
Train ID: Photo Charter
Photo Date: September 21, 2011


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Added: Nov 17, 2011

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Photo ID: 379209

Scenic line indeed. A legacy D&RGW logo on south face of the Mineral Creek Bridge states the obvious as we watch Train 464 in the process of being wyed for the return trip to Durango. Thi... (more)

Railroad: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Silverton, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DSNG 486
Train ID: 464
Photo Date: September 24, 2011


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Added: Oct 27, 2011

Views: 6,683
Comments: 3

Favorited: 46
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Photo ID: 379135

Up on the Roof. That's a bit how I felt the first time I looked through my lens from this position. From a vantage point roughly 100 feet above the old D&RG High Line, and nearly 500 feet ... (more)

Railroad: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Rockwood, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DSNG 482
Train ID: 461
Photo Date: September 24, 2011


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Added: Oct 26, 2011

Views: 3,995
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Favorited: 27
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Photo ID: 379116

400 feet above the Rio de las Animas Perdidas, a Denver & Rio Grande Western mixed train crawls along the man-made cliff that has become known simply as: "The High Line." Led by one of th... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Rockwood, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 478
Train ID: Fall Photo Special
Photo Date: September 25, 2011


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Added: Oct 25, 2011

Views: 5,602
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Photo ID: 377013

Steamscape: Perry's Pond. The daily train from Antonito to Chama has just departed Cumbres Pass and begun the hour-long, downhill drift toward its destination. After crossing Highway 17 in... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Coxo, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: Antonito to Chama
Photo Date: September 23, 2011


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Added: Oct 04, 2011

Views: 3,858
Comments: 1

Favorited: 23
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