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  Trip Report: Durango Railfest 2007 - Chapter 1
  Friday Operations
24-Aug-2007 - Friday's Operations
  From: Durango Railfest 2007 Dates: 24-26 Aug 2007 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
Having flown into Colorado Springs the night before and stopped in Pagosa a little after midnight, I overslept on Friday morning and missed the morning departures from Durango. I caught up with one of the regular trains at the Shalona crossing, powered by K-36 480.
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Photo 2
Trailing behind the second train was RGS Goose 5, making its Friday run up to Silverton.
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Photo 3
A low-angle view of the Goose at the Shalona crossing. After you've shot somewhere a few dozen times, you've just got to try something new...
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Photo 4
At Rockwood, RGS 5 pulled onto the wye to gas up for the trip ahead.
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Photo 5
And since the gas tanks are on the wrong side for the filler, they string the hose through the cab.
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Photo 6
Further up the wye are a number of speeders, waiting for the Goose to get out of the way so that they can continue towards Durango.
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Photo 7
A better look at the speeders / pop cars
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Photo 8
Fueled up and with everyone back on board, RGS 5 heads on through Rockwood towards Silverton
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Photo 9
With the Goose out of the way and the track clear, the pop cars all emerged from the wye and prepared to head off down the hill.
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Photo 10
Instead of heading to Silverton to shoot everything coming in, I decided to hang around Durango instead - didn't want to take any chances of missing 315 moving around. Nothing much happened, so I went north to shoot the first returning scheduled train, led by 486.
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Photo 11
And another look at 486, just short of Hermosa and blowing down the boiler.
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Photo 12
I missed the second train through Rockwood, but found that D&S diesel 11 had come down out of the canyon at some point during the day and was now in the Rockwood siding. At that, I decided to go check into the hotel, find some food, and prepare for the night photo shoot with 315.
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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 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.