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  Trip Report: Durango Railfest 2005 - Chapter 1
  Friday, 26-Aug
Friday's photo mixed and regular trains
  From: Durango Railfest 2005 Dates: Aug 28, 2005 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
Goose 5 arrives Silverton around 1330h on Friday, 26-Aug-2005, against a backdrop of nasty weather over Red Mountain Pass.
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Photo 2
The regional NARCOA group had arrived in town sometime before the Goose, and met RGS 5 at the Silverton siding.
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Photo 3
A better look at the motorcar lineup, lead by Durango & Silverton 333 (presumably as a pilot car)
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Photo 4
Also in town were the two regular daily trains and a helper unit that had double-headed that morning
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Photo 5
I couldn't stay in Silverton long, as back in Durango, this photo special - a mixed freight - was due to depart at 1445h.
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Photo 6
Note that it's lead by DSNG 472, a K-28. This is not the real 472, as it was scrapped right after World War II. This is 478, dressed up by the D&S for Railfest 2005.
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Photo 7
And of course, no photo mixed comes without its photo entourage...
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Photo 8
472 and the mixed roll right along next to US 550 on the way to Hermosa
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Photo 9
The best prop of all was this late 1930s (1938, I think) Chevrolet Master Business Coupe, riding on DSNG 6522
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Photo 10
After stopping to take water at Hermosa, 472 starts the climb up to Rockwood under overcast skies
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Photo 11
Rounding the curve to pass under US Hwy 550.
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Photo 12
By the Shalona Lake crossing, the skies are clearer, allowing for a better look at the green boiler jacket
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Photo 13
If you can blot out the DSNG reporting marks, it's almost like the good old days. From here, the special will go on towards Cascade, stopping many times for run-bys, and eventually return to Durango around 2200h
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Photo 14
And of course there's the obligatory speeder running along behind, in this case DSNG 9000
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Photo 15
A few minutes later, having met the special at Rockwood, the day's first regularly-scheduled train shows up headed downhill behind 482 at the Shalona Lake crossing
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Photo 16
Exactly fifteen minutes later, here comes helper 486, towing boxcar DSNG 3681
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Photo 17
And finally, fifteen minutes after the helper, 481 shows up with the second (and last) scheduled train for the day
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Photo 18
Out from under the clouds and rain, we catch up with extra 486 again, clipping along just south of Hermosa. The pole to the right is a distinct style built by the Telluride Power Company years ago, and is as much of a relic as the locomotive or railroad.
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Photo 19
Back up the hill (the whole day felt like doing laps), we catch 481 and the regular train coming through the S-curve just above the US 550 crossing at Hermosa (and it's raining again)
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Photo 20
The last train into Durango in daylight on Friday is the regular behind 481, seen here crossing the Animas River.
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 10D using either a Canon 28-105mm USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.