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  Trip Report: A Day on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic - Chapter 1
  The Triple-Header
Morning, 6-Oct-2001
  From: A Day on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Dates: Oct 6, 2001 Author: Nathan Holmes

Photo 1
I think this about says it all about this trip...
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Photo 2
After waiting for nearly 40 minutes after departure time, the triple-header finally leaves Chama and towards the start of the climb. Lead by CATS 463, the train also had CATS 497 and 489 trailing, along with 20 cars of passengers, all sold out.
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Photo 3
Though the peak foliage color was really a week before, the aspens down at lower altitudes are still looking good. Love those three matching elbows sticking out...
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Photo 4
The first catch north of Chama, where the road and railway rejoin. Only about 50 people were on hand to capture this moment...
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Photo 5
Continuing up the hill towards Cumbres, the color is getting better and the hurd of railfans is starting to clear (though not by much). It's good to see so many fans (and non-fans) out because they're interested.
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Photo 6
After cutting the power apart and taking each unit over the Lobato trestle separately (it won't safely support the weight of more than one of these larger narrow gauge engines at a time), the three are back together and pounding uphill again.
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Photo 7
Climbing towards Cresco
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Photo 8
The three work along the hillside just below the Cresco siding and tank.
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Photo 9
Finally, the summit.
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All the images here are Copyright 2001 Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net)
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I'm placing them under the same license as RailARC images. Please feel free to copy, use, and distribute anything you find here, as long as I'm given credit for its creation.
All shots in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS D30 with a Sigma 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 lens or a Tamron 28-300mm F3.5-6.3.