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  3. 2016 Geese #5 & #7 + #315 Thursday, August 252016 Geese #5 & #7 + #315  Thursday, August 25
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Busy morning activities in the Chama yard
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Engineer Tracy Mudd getting ready for Thursday's run
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Helper engine #489 will go in for coal as soon as Goose #5 clears the track
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Looks like a Road Trip!
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#489 heads in for coal, while "Wacky roger" (Roger Hogan) flies his quad-copter (upper left)
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"ON THE ROAD AGAIN"
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Goose #5 approaches Lobato Trestle
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Goose 7 approaches the 'S' curve that everybody photographs
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Deliberately taken from the 'wrong side' to get the cliffs in the background
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Waiting in the shadows
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Motorman Bill Wolf checking the engine and oiling bearings
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And they're off. Next stop Coxo Crossing
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Photos now taken from 'Roger's Rock', across from Windy Point.
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Geese rounding Windy Point
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Geese winding down Tanglefoot Curve
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A good view of the roof detail of Goose #7
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Goose #5 at Apache Crossing
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A new photo location for me. It's around a mile or so above Los Pinos Tank
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#5 passing Los Pinos Tank
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I was hoping to get both Geese in this photo, but #7 was running slower than #5
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I got back to Cumbres Pass to discover that the double header had arrived. Conductor Ray Gonzales is on the foot plate of helper #489, ready to pull the pin.
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#489 is now on the passing siding, and will soon head for the wye.
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Engine #484 departing 'the Pass'. I first rode behind that engine in 1971
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Eastbound Train #316 leaving Cumbres Pass
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Engine #489 is about to back into the last remaining section of the snowshed on the wye.
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Waiting on the DS for permission to drift back to Chama
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Meanwhile, back in Chama, engines #463 and #315 are standing by. LOTS of smoke was blowing in front of the engine house.
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The time is 4:29pm and Westbound Train #315 has been turned by #387 and sits in front of the Chama Station. Engine #315 is getting ready for an evening departure.
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I put my work gloves on and helped select the right size coal for #315
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#315 is heading for "the Pass" with 5 freight cars that will remain there for the next days activities.
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It's amazing how much interest this extra movement creates. Engine #315 is exiting "the Narrows".
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The hoghead had his hands full with C-18 #315 It does not look like much of a grade coming thru the Narrow, but she was maxed out and 'slipping down' a lot. Very deceptive.
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