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  Trip Report: Chama Steam VI Fall Madness - Chapter 1
  Saturday's Double-header
29-Sep-2007 - Delivering stock cars to Cumbres with a double-header
  From: Chama Steam VI Fall Madness Dates: Sep 30-Oct 1, 2007 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
Coming down from La Manga Pass on CO 17 on Saturday (29-Sep-2007), I found the regular westbound train at Los Pinos making its way towards Cumbres in the rain
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Photo 2
A little after 1600h on Saturday, the regular train makes its way through the Chama yard. 488 will quickly get serviced, turned, and have the Rio Grande logo applied for that evening's run to Cumbres.
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Photo 3
While 488 is pulled off the regular train to be serviced, 484 comes out to start preparing the evening's freight train.
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Photo 4
This is just about my favorite shot from the trip - not because of the technical merits of the shot, but because it evokes the feeling of a cold, wet afternoon in the 1950s.
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Photo 5
Having pulled some of the other freight cars for Sunday's run off the rider boxes and caboose, 484 shoves the stock cars back to a joint.
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Photo 6
All hooked up with "DRGW" 488 and 484 on the front of a string of stock cars.
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Photo 7
Pulling up past the coal tower - there's not much light left, but the clouds are finally breaking, buying us a little more time. Off we go to Cumbres!
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Photo 8
Crossing Lobato in twilight... We're actually stopped, waiting for the engines to recouple after crossing Lobato Trestle separately.
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Photo 9
As we neared the Dalton crossing, the sun finally poked out from under the clouds, just before it slipped below the horizon. The result was this very strange evening light color... ISO 1600 and more than a little cold, but wouldn't trade that experience for anything.
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Photo 10
The last usable (though not good) shot of the day - the ISO setting on the 40D is maxed out and my shutter speeds are dipping way into the unusuable range, particularly from a moving train. So, here's one last look at the double-header, on the S-curves past the second crossing.
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Photo 11
Back in Chama, 488 sits outside the engine house, having just gotten a quick bath with the pressure washer. The shop guys are off in another hour, so they're trying to get everything wrapped up for the night.
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Creative Commons License This work is copyright 2007 by Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net), but licensed under a Creative Commons License. This allows and encourages others to copy, modify, use, and distribute my work for non-commercial purposes (only), without the hassle of asking me for explicit permission or fear of copyright violation. I encourage others to consider CC or other Open Content-style licensing of their original works.

All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 40D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.