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July 4 - DRGW 315 and RGS 5 from Antonito to Sublette
  From: DRGW 315 and RGS 5 on July 4 Dates: July 4, 2008 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
RGS Goose 5 will serve as transportation today, eliminating any need for unsightly passenger cars in the freight train. Here's the Goose sitting at Antonito a bit before 0730h, waiting on the day's passengers.
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Photo 2
Meanwhile, D&RGW 315 and the six stock car train (in order, D&RGW stock cars 5691, 5549, 5600, 5841, 5633, and 5706, along with caboose 0579) sit on the other side of the Antonito balloon loop. They'll follow us out about five minutes behind.
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Photo 3
The Goose makes its run-by after dropping us all off. It's running with brand new chains on the drive wheels, purchased from a John Deere dealer in Alamosa the previous afternoon and replacing the ones that had been installed during the original restoration. The dealer was apparently a Goose 5 fan, and gave the GGHS a substantial discount.
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Photo 4
The first run-by of the day is the classic morning shot at Ferguson's (Hangman's) Trestle. The trestle is, of course, not original, but rather a rebuilt job after the original was accidentally burned down in a 1988 movie filming.
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Photo 5
All loaded up and ready to go at Hangman's.
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Photo 6
No, I didn't set my models out in the desert. Make no mistake, the scenery outside Alamosa is big and wide open, whereas these trains are tiny - as seen somewhere between Hangman's and Lava.
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Photo 7
The Goose heads up the side of the mesa towards Lava at milepost 289
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Photo 8
Shortly afterwards, 315 and the stock extra head up the grade. Fortunately, being that we were upwind on a warm day, there is no actual livestock - or livestock remnants - in the cars.
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Photo 9
315 and stock extra rounding the big fill under the loop at Lava, NM.
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Photo 10
And then 315 passes by the Lava water tank (no longer functional).
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Photo 11
The next run-by was at Big Horn, near where the west leg of the wye rejoins the main. Here's the Goose coming off the straightaway
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Photo 12
And 315 at Big Horn
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Photo 13
RGS 5 enters a big cut east of Sublette a few miles
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Photo 14
Soon, D&RGW 315 and the stock extra show up as well
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Photo 15
I just thought I'd include this overall shot of the photo line to show you where we are
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Photo 16
Sitting on the rim of the canyon at milepost 304, two miles east of Sublette.
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Photo 17
Pausing for water briefly at Sublette - we're running a bit short on time, as we need to get in the clear at Toltec shortly for the regular westbound train
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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, Sigma 18-50mm, Canon 28-300 F3.5-5.6 L IS/USM or a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.