A Winter Narrow Gauge Weekend

Three of us from the Springs – Nathan Zachman, Kevin Farlow, and myself – had planned to go chase the plow special on the C&TS on Friday, 4-Dec-2009. At $300 a seat and with very little snowpack, none of us could put together the cash to ride, but we wer all going to spring for chase passes to support the run. Apparently many others thought the price was pretty high considering the snowpack (or at least, like us, were taking a wait-and-see view, hoping for a blizzard to roll through), as it only sold three tickets and was summarily canceled the Wednesday before.

So, since we’d all taken the day off work, we modified our plans and headed for Durango instead. What we got was a beautifully clear but brutally cold day out chasing the regular Durango & Silverton winter train, complete with 482 decked out in Polar Express lettering. Then on Saturday, we returned to Chama to chase the two special Christmas Trains from Chama to Dalton and back. There’s not much more to say – it was just a weekend in December out chasing narrow gauge. Enjoy the pictures!

Looking back, this was the last time I ever went on a long trip with my buddy Kevin. We saw each other over the last decade and hung out occasionally, but once he started working for Amtrak we just never did the long trips again. Cancer took him last spring (2019). Miss you, dude.

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, or a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.