On a beautiful fall morning, D&RGW #487 crosses the 175' trestle over the Rio de los Pinos at mile marker 324.5 with a stock train headed for Osier. We'll load cattle there.
From a 2... (more)
Taking coal at Monero.
Crossing the Los Pinos River between Osier and Los Pinos, Colorado, is a Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad photo freight led by 2-8-2 K-36 No. 487 on October 25, 2008. With the locomotive relette... (more)
River routes use gravity and follow the topography of the landscape they go through, and are rarely ever in a straight line. In some ways, to get through rugged land, railroad’s right-of-ways are ... (more)
Working upgrade over Labato Trestle is an eastbound Rio Grande freight pulled by K-36 2-8-2 No. 487, with help up the steep 4% grade provided by sister Mikado No. 488 cut in ahead of the caboose(s... (more)
Miller Time on the D&RGW. With its plowing mission complete and its tender cistern filled for the short trip home to Antonito, a D&RGW Flanger Outfit heads east around Lava Loop, with her B... (more)
Twilight at Lava Tank. Shortly after sunset, a D&RGW Flanger Outfit pauses for water at Lava Tank, before returning to Antonito for the night. There's a reason why this location is known ... (more)
Top of the Whiplash. Prior to heading down to Lava for the last light of the day, our Flanger Extra stopped at the top of the famous Whiplash Curve, for a glinty run-by as the shadows got l... (more)
Sweet Light at MP 299.0. Leaving Big Horn and proceeding east toward Antonito, our charter leaders spied a nice little pond, created by runoff from melting snow. Hoping for a reflection sh... (more)
Bucking the deep stuff at MP 307.0. Just west of Sublette, DRGW 487 slips the drivers a bit as she struggles uphill through the "white concrete" with a full flanger consist behind... (more)
Deep Snow at MP 306.5. When the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec planned this flanger charter, the goal had been to reach Sublette. When a similar charter was done a year before, reaching ... (more)
The March 12-13 "snow plowing" special had glorious weather but not a whole lot of snow. The first good snow we encountered was just west of Big Horn where the tracks are sheltered by t... (more)
Water at Sublette. Here's a more conventional view of our D&RGW Flanger train arriving at Sublette. The water column at the west end of the complex is normally operational and is used dail... (more)
Arriving at Sublette. A D&RGW Flanger outfit is seen here arriving at the remote Section House in Sublette around mid-afternoon. This complex of buildings was historically occupied by a s... (more)
To the East, Mt. Blanca. This is a rather unique spot on the line from Antonito to Chama. I'm literally standing next to the ROW on an elevated mesa, with Milepost 292 just a few yards to ... (more)