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  Trip Report: Durango Railfest 2006 - Chapter 1
  Thursday, Aug 24
DSNG K-38 473 in Bumblebee Paint on the Mixed Special
  From: Durango Railfest 2006 Dates: August 24-27, 2006 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
The first public sighting of this year's special unit - K-28 473 in the "Bumblebee" paint scheme that it wore in the 1950s. Scheduled to pull Thursday's mixed special, the crew brought it out to the front of the yard around 1345h.
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Photo 2
A better view of the engineer's side of the unit in the Durango yard
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Photo 3
They're not leaving just yet - they're just pulling the assembled train over onto the track nearest the depot for boarding.
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Photo 4
Having past the switch points, the brakeman signals the engine to back up, and the helps protect the shove back across the very busy College Drive crossing
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Photo 5
All hooked up and ready to go... in the rain. In order, the train consists of 473, DSNG 3631W (boxcar), DSNG 3749 (boxcar), DSNG 6522 (steel flat), DSNG 3275W (boxcar), DSNG 6528 (steel flat), coach 323, concessions car 566, coach 311, open gon 408, and caboose 0500.
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Photo 6
Just messing around with an artsy shot involving the blue flag and depth-of-field. Didn't come off as well as I'd hoped, but I still like it.
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Photo 7
One last thing before we're ready to go - mount the white flags on 473 that denote this train as an extra
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Photo 8
The special crosses the Animas River just north of downtown Durango. It'll run up as far as Cascade, and then wye and return to Durango later that night.
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Photo 9
Finally, just north of town, near the Home Ranch siding, we get a break in the clouds. There are literally fans everywhere - I've never seen so many following a train before, even on mainline excursions.
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Photo 10
A better look at the other side of this beautiful steamer.
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Photo 11
RGS Goose 5 was returning to Durango and ducked (no pun intended) in the Home Ranch siding to meet the special.
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Photo 12
Just south of Hermosa, the light fades under cloud cover again
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Photo 13
Passing the Hermosa tank and yard - no need to stop for water.
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Photo 14
Curling around the sharp reverse curves that lead the DSNG beneath US Hwy 550
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Photo 15
Up at the Shalona crossing, we catch the train one more time before it heads up into the inaccessible part of the line past Rockwood.
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Photo 16
About 1948h, the train returns to Rockwood for the night photo shoot.
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Photo 17
Really, this is the only shot I got out of the night shoot that I'm really happy with. The rest weren't that great, but I suppose that's the way night shoots go...
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 20D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.