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Rio Grande Narrow Gauge in the 60's
The DRGW narrow gauge was the last major steam operation in the U.S. The climb over 10,000 foot Cumbres pass was spectacular, with two engines handling 70 car trains. Hopefully these images convey some of the drama of mountain steam railroading.
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Photo ID: 154702

DRGW 488 patiently waits its turn at Cumbres while the road engine takes water. Note the snowshed, now gone.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1963


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Added: Aug 11, 2006

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Photo ID: 150565

Pinky Lynton takes water at Bondad. Pinky was an engineer on the Rio Grande Southern. When the RGS abandoned in 1951 he went to the DRGW. Pinky was a qualified engineer but he was uncomfortable... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Durango, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1961


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By: John West

Added: Jul 08, 2006

Photo of the Week

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Photo ID: 150007

Westbound from Chama enroute Durango.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 480
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1961


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Added: Jul 04, 2006

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Photo ID: 148565

Climbing the grade east from Durango.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Durango, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 1962


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Added: Jun 22, 2006

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Photo ID: 147539

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Alamosa, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 498
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1964


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Added: Jun 15, 2006

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Photo ID: 147166

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 494
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1961


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Added: Jun 12, 2006

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Photo ID: 147165

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1961


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Added: Jun 12, 2006

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Photo ID: 147164

Heading west from Chama. The helper had run ahead light to Gato where it would wait for the 487 and its train. The two engines would then doublehead for the climb from Gato to near Falfa, where ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1964


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Added: Jun 12, 2006

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Photo ID: 147163

Taking water in Alamosa.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Alamosa, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 480
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1961


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Added: Jun 12, 2006

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Photo ID: 147162

Minus 20 in Chama. 487 had been on the point of a flanger train over Cumbres.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 487
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1961


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Added: Jun 12, 2006

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Photo ID: 145175

The 488 has helped a long freight up the hill from Antonito, and now waits to drift down the 4 percent to Chama.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1964


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By: John West

Added: May 24, 2006

Screener's Choice

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Photo ID: 145040

Heading west for Cumbres from Antonito. A flanger and spreader train is clearing the line ahead of them. The rear of the train can be seen Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1961



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By: John West

Added: May 23, 2006

People's Choice 3

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Photo ID: 144986

A fresh snow covers the San Luis Valley as this DRGW ng. freight heads south from Alamosa on the three rail branch to Antonito. At Antonito the helper will be cut into the train for the climb to ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Alamosa, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 480
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1961


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By: John West

Added: May 22, 2006

Views: 8,885
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