The Cumbres and Toltec gallery and video are the result of a fantastic afternoon and morning spent on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad this fall.
The weather was nothing short of perfect. There had to be one pesky cloud, and it compromised the shot at Tanglefoot Curve on Friday afternoon. To go with the blue sky, there was snow at the top of Cumbres Pass and at Coxo. Yes, that’s a teaser – you’ll have to go to the gallery to see the images! Surprisingly, Mrs. Frog and I were the only ones there as the train dropped out of Windy Pass and Coxo. Not complaining, mind you…
I spent the rest of the afternoon at the Chama engine house. When the sun finally set, I called it a day and met Mrs. Frog at Foster’s for a chile-laden dinner.
Saturday morning broke clear and crisp, and made for an excellent shot at First Crossing. We caught the train at a few more locations. We had to turn back because reality in the form of the flight home was looming over us.
For those of you curious about the video, here’s the story. I looked over at Mrs. Frog, handed her my iPhone and asked her to shoot some videos. For a first effort, and without a tripod, I believe she did a great job! One of the things about the video is the sound. The sound on this is quite good, even capturing the echos in the valleys. It’s great just to listen to as well!
If you want to see narrow gauge steam running much as it was until it was abandoned, it’s hard beat the Cumbres and Toltec. Yes, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge is a few hours away. It’s a great ride as well – it’s just a little harder to view and photograph. If you haven’t done either, put them on your list to ride and photograph.
Here are some helpful links for your visit to Chama:
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
Be sure to check out the Cumbres and Toltec gallery and video, and also our 2018 Holiday Sales!
Thanks for visiting!