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Date: 01/14/22 22:25
Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: Harlock

In late September of 2021 Pete Lerro organized a charter for dedicated rail photographers, utilizing visiting engines that were in town at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic for the 19th Century Roundup as well as a few others.  All in all it was a very rare opportunity to photograph three unique engines in one trip: D&RG 315 (lettered as pre-D&RGW era 425), D&RG 168 and RGS #20.    I knew the opportunity to photograph all of these engines together in one shot may not come again, so I made the 2,000 mile round trip journey to Colorado and back to experience the joys of railroading on the former San Juan extension of the D&RG.   What follows are highlights from the wonderful time we had in Southern Colorado and New Mexico fall colors.

Photo 1:  On a cold September morning, D&RG 425 departs Chama yards for a deadhead run to Antonito.

Photo 2:  D&RG #425 (315) loops around the curve near Lava Tank at sunrise with a mixed freight on the D&RG's San Juan extension.

Photo 3: 425 / 315 at the Rancho Del Oso crossing just north of Lobato Trestle with engineer Harry Haas at the throttle, running light to Antonito.  A side-on view to appreciate the beautiful lines of this fine Baldwin C-18.

 

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/14/22 22:30
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: Harlock

Photo 1: 425 / 315 departs light just after sunrise from Chama on a ferry trip to Antonito.   A brakeman leans out the gangway as the locomotive gets underway.  To the right is a gon full of wood used for the Iron Horse Roundup a few weeks prior, and the Chama depot behind.  In the foreground, the switch lanterns have been doused for the day.

Photo 2: D&RG 425 approaches Lava Tank at Sunrise. 

Photo 3: Crossing the Rio Chama Bridge just before Juke's Tree.

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/14/22 22:34
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: Harlock

Photo 1: Rio Grande Glory Days: 425 at Cascade with a mixed train.   Soon the station master at Osier will hear the warning whistles as she rounds the last few curves before making a stop for water and beans. 

Photo 2: Out in the badlands near Lava Tank.

Photo 3: A splash of clearing stormlight color: 425 at Antonito Tank.
 

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/14/22 22:41
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: Harlock

Photo 1: High up in the San Juans of Colorado, D&RG #425 / 315 stampedes towards Toltec Gorge after a brief stop at Osier.  Approximately MP 317.

Photo:2:  A closer approach to Lava Tank.

Photo 3:  Existing Mud Tunnel at MP 311.3. 

Thanks for looking.

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/14/22 23:07
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: weather

It doesn't get bertter than that!



Date: 01/15/22 00:56
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: refarkas

Superlative set - WOW!!!
Bob



Date: 01/15/22 01:19
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: LoggerHogger

Well done, as usual, Mike.

Martin



Date: 01/15/22 04:20
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: bobwilcox

Very nice set of shots.

Bob Wilcox
Charlottesville, VA
My Flickr Shots



Date: 01/15/22 05:13
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: cozephyr

Terrific images well worth the 2,000 mile journey.  Thanks for sharing your Colorado & New Mexico narrow gauge steam encounters.



Date: 01/15/22 06:16
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: Frisco1522

Absolutely beautiful work, super lighting and needle sharp.  You set the bar into the stratosphere with these.
Thank you for sharing.



Date: 01/15/22 14:58
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: MojaveBill

Super pix, Mike!

Bill Deaver
Tehachapi, CA



Date: 01/15/22 15:22
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: callum_out

Mike those are gorgeous shots but as probably the one naysayer, I would have rather seen the 168
and the 315 in their Rio Grande end of service paint. 

Out 



Date: 01/16/22 06:20
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: atsf121

Absolutely amazing photos Mike! I think you have a week’s worth, or more IOTDs in there. And congrats on the IOTD that got me to this fantastic thread. I think #5 is my favorite of the bunch.

Nathan

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Date: 01/16/22 16:36
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: jmbreitigan

Superlative series. Brings back memories of when we rode from Chama to Antonito in 2017.
John



Date: 01/16/22 18:35
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: Prophoto

Nice work, especially that low light one approaching Lava tank. Well odne.



Date: 01/16/22 23:38
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: brv200

Great!
The Lava tank photographs with the aproaching train in the twilight are my favourites.

Cheers
Franz



Date: 01/18/22 14:05
Re: Small three-footers part 1: D&RG 425/315
Author: ns1000

Great set of pics!!



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