It is 1950 and Rio Grande No. 487, a K-36, stops for a drink at the yard's dual-spouted water tank in preparation for a heavy freight to Cumbres. In reality this scene was captured during a Pete L... (more)
A double header smokes it up as the train leaves Chama
DRG&W #489 subs as infamous DRG&W #485, back from the scrap yards after falling into the turntable pit in Salida in 1953. The engine returned to 2011, alas only for 24 hours.
DRGW #487 arrives at the water tank for a drink. Water flows from the tender as the crew wets the dusty coal. A light from a speeder shines behind as it will along the entire trek to Cumbres an... (more)
DRGW #487 pulls up to the ash pit early one morning ready to dump her ash - a scene that has been repeated for nearly 100 years. Afterward, the crew will bring the engine past the coal tipple and... (more)
Yet another day dawns on Cumbres & Toltec Railroad using engines built in the early 1920's, continuing a practice that started in the early 1880's by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.
Behind the scenes: Charter extraordinaire, Pete Lerro at it again. While patrons slept nice and comfortably, DRGW #489 was secretly transformed into famed DRGW #485, the engine that fell ... (more)
K-36 #487 leads the 10am train out of Chama, NM with #488 on the side track waiting to take the 11am train to Cumbres Pass.
DRGW 484 and another engine are serviced at the Chama coaling tower in preparation for a trip west to Durango. This coaling tower still exists on the C&TS and while it is not used it is very clos... (more)
"I need another miracle, guys." As the sun sets under dark clouds, a Cumbres & Toltec Fireman (left) briefs the the night crew from the Chama Shop on the issues with his locomotive. For mo... (more)
Fireman Tracy Caraway looks back on his train as the 489 pulls forward to spot the train for loading....
Engineer Jeff Stebbins has just finished talking with a fellow crew member on their plans on how they'll prepare for the day's run.
Portrait of a working steam locomotive. DRGW #484 runs light in the Chama yard in the beautiful, late afternoon light. Most surviving steam locomotives are transplants to the lines they pl... (more)
Narrow gauge equipment was designed for tight fits and the north entrance to the Chama Yard is definitely in that category. In this illustration, the daily train from Antonito, Colorado em... (more)
Oh, why must the gem of the Cumbres & Toltec fleet sit unused on a storage track on the east side of the Chama Yard? Excuse the play on words...uh...letters, folks. You are looking at Denve... (more)