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  Trip Report: Chama Steam VI Classic - Chapter 1
  Friday, 19-Oct-2007
19-Oct-2007 - Preparations and a Night Shoot in Chama
  From: Chama Steam VI Classic Dates: Oct 20, 2007 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
Upon my arrival in Chama at about 1500h on Friday, 19-Oct-2007, Bill and Paul had just gotten the magnetic Rio Grande decals on the engines and were working on touching up the paint around the rivet holes. As you see, they don't blend in very well.
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Photo 2
Meanwhile, the shop crew is finishing up servicing on the engines and getting them ready for Saturday's run. Here, 488 gets a little sand.
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Photo 3
A few hours later, all four polished up and ready for Saturday's excursion. It's amazing what a case of WD-40 and some squeegies will do to make the tender shiny and the magnetic decals blend in...
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Photo 4
All three K-36s (484, 487, and 488) are almost ready as the sun closes in on the horizon. Paul's just taking care of a few last details, like cleaning the numberboards. We'll be back in about two hours to start on the night shoot.
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Photo 5
You couldn't ask for a more beautiful fall afternoon in narrow gauge country...
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Photo 6
488 sits in front of the Chama engine house on Friday night. Thanks to Nathan Z. for figuring out this particular shot - I never would have seen it otherwise.
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Photo 7
Some experimentation with multiple exposures and some high dynamic range processing...
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Photo 8
484 and the sand tower, both painted in a long exposure using a pair of high-power handheld spotlights.
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Photo 9
One of the night hostlers appears as sort of an ethereal apparition in 487's cab, as the glow of the fire shows through the bottom of the firebox.
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Photo 10
488 sits on the north side of the Chama shops
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Photo 11
484 and 487 sit simmering under the clear New Mexico night. 488 is just barely visible to the right.
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 40D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.