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  Trip Report: D&S 2007 Winter Photographer's Special - Chapter 1
  Saturday's Regular Train
Saturday, 17 Feb 2007
  From: D&S 2007 Winter Photographer's Special Dates: 17-18 Feb 2007 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
The power for Saturday's regularly scheduled train will be... 478, still in Rio Grande paint from the previous weekend's charter!
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Photo 2
Right on time, 478 leads the regular train over the Animas River bridge in Durango. I really hate that ugly concrete sewer thing on the left - if it doesn't ruin your shot, it'll gas you to death first.
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Photo 3
The sky on Saturday was that beautiful crystal blue we get here in Colorado this time of year. Unfortunately, when your subject is northbound, it makes for some harsh light (near Hermosa).
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Photo 4
Coming through the Hermosa yard... I wanted to catch it under the water tower, but there were a number of hopper cars blocking the view.
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Photo 5
Here's 478 crossing the fill just south of the US 550 underpass.
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Photo 6
Finally, as the train is about to go beyond my reach, we get some decent light on the front of the unit at Rockwood. From here, the regular winter train will run up to the Cascade wye, turn around, and will be back here in about 2 1/2 hours.
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Photo 7
A little before 1430h, 478 appears through the Rockwood cut with the southbound train. As you can see, there are just a few fans set up waiting for its appearance.
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Photo 8
Here's a bit wider view at Rockwood, clearly showing the DRGW paint on 478.
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Photo 9
I just barely missed catching him at the Shalona Lake crossing, so I moved on down the line and set up under the US 550 bridge.
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Photo 10
The Silverton Branch is a line filled with S curves, but this is the last one coming down into Hermosa, just above the US 550 crossing.
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Photo 11
Past Hermosa, the line has a long flat run across the valley floor back to Durango.
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Photo 12
Rolling along on the long straight stretch in the valley, with the famous power line in the background.
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Photo 13
478 and train round a corner south of the Home Ranch siding.
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Photo 14
This curve is actually in Durango, just off Bennett St. between 36th and 32nd Streets. I found it while scouting around for new shots, and figured I'd try it out. Not great, but not bad - at least it's not one of the typical Durango angles.
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Photo 15
And of course, a look at the train re-crossing the famous Animas bridge in Durango.
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Creative Commons License This work is copyright 2007 by Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net), but licensed under a Creative Commons License. This allows and encourages others to copy, modify, use, and distribute my work for non-commercial purposes (only), without the hassle of asking me for explicit permission or fear of copyright violation. I encourage others to consider CC or other Open Content-style licensing of their original works.

All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 20D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.6 IS/USM.