2012 Rio Grande Scenic Trip by ArizonaLorne
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Ref: Tracking Ghost Railroads in Colorado by Robert Ormes p36
Nicely done ticket office and gift shop awaits guests
Engine #18 getting ready for the day
Matt Abbey, General Manager for the San Luis & Rio Grande RR
Pulling in for boarding at Alamosa
Former NYC Diner is a great addition
Spotless linens and excellent service!
Exterior of our Observation car
Next Time: I'm taking my wife on the Observation. BEAUTIFUL
Pastorial landscape on the outskirts of town
Sign at the Fort Garland whistle stop
Nearing the eastern foothills of the valley
A herd of elk scramble out of our way
At Fir, the passengers from the La Veta train greet us
Both trains together at Fir, Colorado
Our attentive Attendents on duty
Coming out of the west tunnel
Nice looking consist of mixed railroad heritage
Just relaxing in the late morning sun!
Great views
Entering the east tunnel portal
Third generation railroader, Michael Shawcroft was our engineer
Michael Jameson, our conductor, was a man of many hats
Time to service the engine at the end of the wye
Former SP engineer John Charles mans the fireman's seat
Steam actuated grease gun eases this labor intensive work
Paper work, paper work!
Changing hats again!
Small grease gun: Small fittings, natch,
West leg of the wye is now thrown: "Bring her to me"
John and his machine
Our cars will return to Antonito in reverse order
The afternoon storm hit hard! Engineer John took his time, prepard for flash flood conditions
I couldn't help myself--Just a little 'art liberty'
East portal - east tunnel
Back at Fir to pick up those who elected to stay for the show
East bound La Veta train
Pulling out of Fir Station
Drifting down grade
Taking the train can be for any and all occasions!
Conservation to a fault
Billboard at Monte Vista Station
Monte Vista Staion
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