Monday, June 26, 2017

New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona Railfan Trip - 2

Hi, On the weekend of June 4th and 5th Dale Diacont and I participated in a freight charter on the Cumbres & toltec Scenic Railroad. Our train had seven cars including a newly restored caboose in which we rode, a box car that was set up with restrooms and a counter for snacks and souvenirs, two gondolas with benches and three additional gondolas to fill out the train. Our power was D&RG consolidation #315 built in 1895. For a history of this locomotive see -

On Saturday the trip began in Antonito, CO and terminated in Cumbres, CO with a bus return to Antonito.

We had numerous photo runbys each day. Therefore, I will break the charter photos into multiple posts to keep the length of each post down. Also, since most of the locations were out in the middle of nowhere I'll only comment where I have some specific information to share.

For this location the only time the sun was on the side of the train was when it was in the far distance. I don't like dark side shots and this time was no exception so none are shown (above and below).

Before re-boarding there was an opportunity to take some static photos (above and below).

The sun angle was fine here but there was lots of brush.

After turning the train at Big Horn Wye the train backed west a few blocks and we had three photo runs (above and two below).

Our charter then returned to the wye, was turned again to face west and waited for the regular westbound passenger train to pass us.

I really enjoyed about an hour riding in the cupola of the caboose.

One of the signature locations on the railroad is Rock Tunnel (above and below).

Our lunch break was at Osier, CO (above and two below).

Thanks for looking.

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