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  Trip Report: Fall Colors Along the C&TS - Chapter 1
  Doubleheading Eastward
C&TS 484 and 487 Doublehead for the Eastbound Train from Chama
  From: Fall Colors Along the C&TS Dates: Oct 1, 2005 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
All aboard at Chama! The morning's eastbound train gets ready to depart with 484 in the lead, followed by 487.
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Photo 2
A few minutes after 1000h, the two come thundering under the coaling tower. While I'm not usually a fan of black and white, this shot just looked so much better that way.
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Photo 3
With the train moving, the smoke dies back a bit
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Photo 4
Caboose 0306 brings up the rear as they pass the Chama tank
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Photo 5
After a relatively flat stretch coming out of Chama, the two locomotives start up the grade to Cumbres summit near what's known as "The Narrows"
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Photo 6
The two round one of several bends visible along the highway. The large gaggle of cars following the train today is making it difficult to get in place for various shots in time
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Photo 7
484 cuts off and prepares to cross Lobato trestle first - the bridge can't take two K-36s at the same time
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Photo 8
With 484 on the other side, 487 and train head across
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Photo 9
Having climbed through the horseshoe behind Lobato, the train emerges on the hillside a hundred or so feet above the trestle
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Photo 10
Nearing Dalton
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Photo 11
Here we see the train above Dalton, near the second highway crossing. This is the most smoke I've ever seen them make through here.
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Photo 12
Continuing north, we see the train far below the road as we approach the Colorado-New Mexico border
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Photo 13
A bit past the second crossing, the train wraps itself through the famous S-curve
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Photo 14
Due to the angle of morning sun, the third highway crossing, near Coxo, is always a tough shot.
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Photo 15
Arriving at Cumbres Pass, with the train draped over the crest of the summit.
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Photo 16
Since we've reached the end of the hard pull from Chama, our helper for the day, 484, will cut off, wye, and drift back to Chama light. 487 will take the train through to Osier and Antonito.
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Photo 17
484, cut free from the train, heads across the road to duck onto the leg of the wye and clear up for the through train
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Photo 18
The passengers overtake the helper power, now sitting on the turning wye lead
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Photo 19
With the passenger train on its way, 484 gets turned around to head back down the hill
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Photo 20
What are these things? Looks like somebody's pouring footings just east of the highway at Cumbres
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 10D using either a Canon 28-105mm USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.