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  Trip Report: D&S 2006 Winter Photographers' Special - Chapter 1
  Sunday Morning
Durango up to Tall Timber
  From: D&S 2006 Winter Photographers' Special Dates: Feb 19, 2006 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
The night before, D&S diesel 1 - the Hot Shot - assembles the train for Sunday
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Photo 2
The photo special's power this year will be K-36 481
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Photo 3
About 30 minutes before departure, they bring the 481 up and back her onto the train
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Photo 4
Here's our engineer for the day - Steve Otten (thanks for the correction, John!)
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Photo 5
At Hermosa, the crew stops and tops off the tender before we head up the line
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Photo 6
After Hermosa, the line starts to wind around the hillsides, gaining altitude
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Photo 7
Just another shot of the front of the train, somewhere between Hermosa and the US 550 bridge
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Photo 8
Speaking of US 550, here we are about to pass underneath
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Photo 9
At Rockwood, we stop and pick up three passengers. After this, we'll step out onto the High Line and the real photo opportunities of the day will get underway.
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Photo 10
Rounding one of the curves on the High Line, hundreds of feet of the Animas River below
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Photo 11
A bit further up, just below the High Bridge, we're getting closer to river level, but still up on the cliffside
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Photo 12
The first photo run-by of the day was at the High Bridge. This wrought iron bridge was built in 1880, installed here in 1894, and reinforced in 1981 so that heavy engines, like today's 481, could cross it safely
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Photo 13
A shot from down near river-level on the second run-by at the High Bridge
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Photo 14
Bringing up the rear of today's train is caboose 0500, built for the Denver & Rio Grande in 1886 as their caboose #1.
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Photo 15
Here's the line of derelict rolling stock that's stored on the Tacoma house track
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Photo 16
Running in the shadows on the east side of the Animas just north of Tacoma, you can see how little snow is present this year
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Photo 17
At Tank Creek, the train again stops to take on water. The original tank was removed in 1966 and replaced with this stylish (ha!) steel tanker
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Creative Commons License This work is copyright 2006 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, 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 28-105mm USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.