NEW MEXICO, PLANES TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES

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  1. gary

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    lobo lodge, or rancho del oso pardo, as it is also called

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    working past the cabins

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    the highway 17 crossing

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    the already noted orgasm curve, with the train going the other way today

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    there were a few places we could shoot down upon the train

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    steadily working the way uphill

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  2. gary

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    we have moved again, we are back near coxo crossing again, but looking down from uphill, at a spot called kodak rock, i am at the base and michael will hopefully post up something from up on the rock, i just didn't think my fat old sea level breathing self could huff and puff up onto the rock and get back down to the car fast enough, we are probably at 9000 + feet here, only 2 miles or so from topping out at cumbres pass at 10,222 feet, i live at 3 feet elevation, so you know i was feeling some altitude. notice the telephone booth in front of the engine coming out of the trees, there are quite a few of these left lineside on the c&t

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    i was surprised at the relatively low level of freeloaders chasing, especially since it was a weekend, but there were some in some surprisingly remote spots, accessing either via forest service roads or via atv trails, note the partial work truck lower right that i missed and forgot to crop out, i know, lazy processing

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  3. gary

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    we are now at the top of cumbres pass, the railroad has a Y and a yard here, a section house, and some other stuff that i do not remember but our resident historian michael can probably fill in, here we parked our car, and joined the charter attendees whom had ridden up on the bus and boarded the train for the rest of the day's journey towards antonito. those folks got some but not all of the preceding photo locations, this was an unusually large charter, 80 seats sold, so that alone created some logistical issues regarding photo stops, where do your detrain and place 80 bodies with cameras, tripods and video equipment.

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    and for some reason i think i had to take this, that i couldn't move 2 steps to my left to cut out the head/camera arm in the lower right corner and no crop looked right to me so they stayed in

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    doing some switching to get us with both engines upfront, and get the whole train into the siding so the regular eastbound passenger train could pass us and get into osier for their lunch break, all trains stop at osier, there is a contract caterer that does the lunch buffet, it is included in all the train fares, and i will say, it was very tasty both days, nice fresh salads, a good hot mac n cheese as an entree choice one day, definitely hit the spot on this charter, i'm used to whatever pop tart/available options the nearest convenience quickie mart has for charter lunch. this charter was downright civilized, decadent even.

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    and the rolling stock, i really should have shot some of them as the main subject of a few pieces, those black cars are genuine western narrow gauge stock cars, some for cattle and double deckers for sheep, and all marked and labeled as to year of construction and year of rebuild, some rebuilt as far back as 1922, wood frames. pretty cool, this is authentic.

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  4. gary

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    this next location is tanglefoot curve, mp 329.79, most of the charter walked the half mile or so from cumbres pass, since our train was sitting on the siding, waiting for the regular eastbound passenger train that had pulled from chama about 2.5 hours behind us, to pass us on it's way to the lunch stop. the east and westbounds meet at osier, and folks riding have options, stay on their train after lunch and on to the end and bus back to point of origin, or switch to the other and return to point of origin on the train. we were scheduled into osier for lunch after the eastbound had pulled out, then we pulled in, and then the westbound could leave, then we had at lunch
    here is the eastbound, going ahead of us.

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    the builders ran the track literally all over the place, frequently doubling back around, whatever allowed the cheapest right away construction on their way down to antonito, so here you can see some of that gradient change

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    and here it comes around again, and look back and onto the upper track, the orange fire watch speeder, every train gets one, with a small water tank, a short house line and a little honda gas powered pump

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  5. gary

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    and here it comes, our train, right on the heels of the passenger train, which is ok, we did the runby, they loaded us and we made 2 more photo stops before getting to osier, and i should mention that right here was the only rainy moments of the trip

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    trying to get the shot, keep the camera dry, not have rain droplets on the lens, and not get myself too wet so i wasn't uncomfortable the rest of the day, the life of a railfan is not always easy, but it's ok now, to be sitting here processing on a saturday night, it's comfortable weather, and beauty and the beast is on the family channel as background for me

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  6. gary

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    we are now off the train in the los pinos valley, for a runby over the los pinos trestle, mp 324.45, an area that i think is one of the prettiest on the whole line, i overheard one of the train crew talking to someone, those beautiful valley homes, are off grid, using propane for generators and for refrigerators and freezers, solar panels and compost toilets, the valley does not have utilities, and a lot of these homes are owned by folks using them only in winter as snowmobile bases... and yet another water tank, same standard style, and these are almost all functional so the trains have a lot of options on water

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    and a trainsscape, this great beautiful valley

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    we had the time and the space so we did 2 runbys here, allowing participants to move around for different angles

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    i talked about the homes, and forgot to include any shot with them in the frame

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  7. gary

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    this location is big horn, site if a Y to allow equipment and other train moves to be turned around, or gotten out of the way. there is also a siding around the bend where the railroad stations a tank car of water if needed, on the flanger charter of 2016 we took water here

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    and this location had no railfan/train crew name, just a place on the high desert that we stopped for a runby, because of the rainbow, notice we are now down into the sagebrush dominant high desert ecosystem, watch out for rattlesnakes, and do not worry about stepping in the mule deer poop, everybody does it and it's all dried and crumbly anyway

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    and that concludes saturdays charter, we rode on into antonio, boarded buses back to cumbres pass, where we had a nice dinner, and a slide show featuring some slides taken by some of the charter attendees, who were there those days 50 years ago chasing the last freight on this line. we then grabbed our car and headed on downhill to chama, as time allows i will be posting from sundays charter, we did quite a few different locations, and had a full sunny day no less.
     
  8. gary

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    so it is sunday morning, a bright blue new mexico land of enchantment sky, we took the car to cumbres pass, got on the motor coach and had a nice hour or so ride to antonito colorado, where we boarded the train for the westbound run back to chama. we were delayed a few minutes, maybe 20 or so by a brake issue that got sorted out, this is from the open gondola of our train curved around the loop track in antonio yard. and today i learned a painful lesson, both physical and emotional, i have a thin spot on the top of my noggin, and i did not wear a hat, so i burnt my scalp, that hurts.

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    ferguson's trestle, also known as hangman trestle, the spot my avatar photo at sunrise was taken in 2016, but from the other side, as you can see, today we are a true doubleheader, all the way to cumbres pass.

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    on to a place known as gravity hill

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    and whiplash curve

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