Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR Pics from August 23-25, 2006


In August 2006, Frank Shoop and I made the trip from Pennsylvania to Colorado with a stop in Indiana to visit EBT #6. The purpose of the trip was to visit the Durango & Silverton, Cumbres & Toltec, and Georgetown Loop, plus the Colorado RR Museum. I shot 35mm slides during the trip and, as you may have heard, about half of them were destroyed during processing. Frank has kindly provided his digital images for this Web site.

August 23, 2006
The Friends of the C&TS is in the process of recreating a pipe train.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Here is one of several of the small cabooses remaining. Strangely, these make the EBT cabooses look big. When standing on the platforms, your head all but bangs the roof.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The C&TS occasionally has problems with fires started by the locomotive. On the side of their open cars, they fasten tools for firefighting.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The C&TS wound up with the majority of the freight cars and the two steam rotary plows, while the D&S got almost all of the passenger equipment.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
This is rotary OM, built 1889 by Cooke. The blades on these are 9-10 feet in diameter.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
K-36 #489 is currently undergoing restoration. Here is its pilot truck, with all four sets of drivers to the right.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Here is #489, sitting on shop trucks outside the shop with ultrasound grids all over the boiler.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
#487 sits inside the shop. #487 was the only DRGW locomotive during our trip to have a plow mounted on it.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Derrick OP and flanger OL.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Cumbres section house. This is the summit of Cumbres Pass. To the right is Chama, and Antonito is to the left.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Here at Los Pinos curve we are waiting for the train to appear on its way to Chama. Here are couple speeder are taking the siding to get out of the way.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The spot along Rt 17 offers an incredible view. You can see down the Rio De Los Pinos valley for probably about a mile. The train left 1 hour late and finally shows up.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
488 slowly makes its way up the heavy grade with a longer-than-usual train.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Notice the speeder following close behind the train.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
488's train is now rounding the tight curve at Los Pinos and coming to the water tank.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
After stopping at Cumbres to set brake retainers, 488 rounds Windy Point.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
This is one of the many amazing views on the C&TS, as the train slowly curves around the mountain.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The train must follow this valley for a couple miles and curve back to lose enough elevation to maintain a 4% downgrade. For comparison, this photo was taken from a grade crossing a couple miles ahead of the train.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
There is a handful of different types of scenery on the C&TS. There are rocky mountains, baren valleys, tree-covered hills, and bushy deserts.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Enjoy the next few shots without any words.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.

Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.

Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
As the train crosses Lobato Trestle, the mud ring is blown down, but this photo did not catch it.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
During doubleheaders, helper locomotives must cross this bridge alone because two engines cannot be on the bridge at one time.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
We're not too far from Chama now.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
August 24, 2006
#488's tender is lettered for the Cumbres & Toltec and has a 'dog house.'
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
#488 is ready to start out on the 13 mile 4% uphill grade.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
We've been on the train for a short time down and we're climbing quickly.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The view from Windy Point.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Notice the cars parked below. This is where a few of the previous photos were take from of Windy Point.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
We've crested Cumbres Pass and we're now coming into Los Pinos. The railroad can be seen on the other side of the valley. We'll be over there in a while.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
#488 is about to pass Los Pinos tank.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
August 25, 2006
When we returned to Chama by bus, the #487 had a fire in her belly. Here she is the following day with a full head of steam. Shop employees were adjusting the pop valves.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
On our way to Georgetown, we stopped in Antonito to get a better look at some of the in-use EBT hoppers. This one's had a lot of work.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The C&TS never installed full size couplers on these cars. They're using this coupler adapter. One of this same type came with one of the EBT cars FEBT purchased in 2002.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
These cars are used often for ballast service.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.


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