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  Trip Report: D&S 2007 Winter Photographers' Special - Chapter 1
  Sunday Morning
Durango to Shalona
  From: D&S 2007 Winter Photographers' Special Dates: Feb 10, 2008 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
Before daybreak, some of the guys are out trying to get the switch at the north end of the yard to open up. Somewhere in the course of the night, it apparently froze.
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Photo 2
With the switch back in operation, the crew brings out this year's power - K-28 #478.
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Photo 3
Just a couple minutes before departure at 0800h, the sun still isn't hitting the Durango yard, but the mountain behind it is all lit.
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Photo 4
Heading up the Animas River valley towards Hermosa, everything has acquired a layer of frost and ice overnight.
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Photo 5
Just another ice shot...
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Photo 6
Between Durango and Hermosa, alongside US 550.
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Photo 7
Heading up from Hermosa to the Shalona Lake crossing for the first run-bys.
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Photo 8
478 in deep snow at the Shalona crossing. Limitations from the depth of the snowpack, combined with snow-slides above Tacoma, had forced the D&S staff to be creative about run-by locations this year.
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Photo 9
Caboose 0540 bringing up the rear...
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Photo 10
This is new - a DSNG adaptation of the old Rio Grande "Royal Gorge Route" logo on caboose 0540.
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Photo 11
The one problem I've always had with the D&S Winter Photo Specials is that they have a fascination with setting up run-bys so you're looking into the sun. Still, from time to time it works out, as it did here.
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Photo 12
With roughly two feet of snow on the ground in many places, space in the stomped-down photo lines is at an absolute premium.
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Photo 13
The next run-by, a little further back.
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Photo 14
And wider...
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Photo 15
Since we couldn't reach Tank Creek for water, we did the Shalona run-by first, and then worked back to Hermosa doing others.
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Photo 16
Here's another into-the-sun shot salvaged by Photoshop, somewhere between Hermosa and the US 550 bridge.
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Photo 17
And coming to a stop, just before backing up to load up the photo line.
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Photo 18
Backing to Hermosa, with Engineer Mountain in the distant background.
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Photo 19
Back at Hermosa, we take on a supply of water for the afternoon. Since we can't get to Tank Creek due to snow, Hermosa is the only supply of water other than Durango.
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Photo 20
Leaving Hermosa for the second time - this time bound for the High Line.
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 40D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM, Sigma 18-50mm, or a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.