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Posted 09 July 2022 - 07:27 PM

It's February 21, 1937, K-36's #482 & #483 depart Alamosa at 5:20 AM with 32 empties.

Crew: Conductor Ashbrook, Engine 483 Marsh, & Engine 482 Tozier

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Soon, the train runs down the valley.

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Posted 10 July 2022 - 02:11 PM

As the train rolls down the valley...

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... it rolls through La Jara.

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Posted 10 July 2022 - 07:20 PM

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The train rolls over the bridge before Antonito...

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... and pulls into Antonito at :10 AM.

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Posted 11 July 2022 - 04:53 PM

After 35 minutes setting out cars, and the crew putting coal and water into the tenders (the 482 was cut into the train), the train departs Antonito at 7:45 AM with 32 loads, 33 empties.

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At Lava Siding, the freight let the westbound San Juan pass. Then, the crew had to de-bar Conx 40, and the car was left at Lava.

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Soon, the train passes the Lava tank.

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Posted 11 July 2022 - 07:27 PM

As the train climbs the hill...

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... it rolls through Big Horn...

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... and makes a stop at Sublette.

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Posted 12 July 2022 - 09:45 AM

After 40 minutes of the crew eating, and putting water into the tenders the train gets underway.

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The train rolls through Mud Tunnel.

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Posted 12 July 2022 - 07:34 PM

As the grade eases...

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... it rolls through Rock Tunnel.

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At MP 317.5, RG 6205 (with a boiler for Chama) derails due to rough/heaving track, and the load was top heavy. The car is crosswire of track the head up against a bank. Conductor Ashbrook walked to Osier, and reported the derailment, and he thinks they may be able pull flat into the siding, if not take wrecker about 2 hours clear main after thy get to the site. The car in question (built in 1918 and rebuilt in 1937) is 17 cars ahead of caboose. The boiler went off the car when it derailed.

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Posted 13 July 2022 - 11:43 AM

Meanwhile in Alamosa K-36 #480 departs at 5:05 PM with the wrecking outfit.

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At Antonito, the crew puts water in the tender and picks up a empty 6300 series flat. The train departs Antonito at 6:55 PM.

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The train rolls through Sublette...

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... and arrives at the derailment site.

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Posted 13 July 2022 - 04:46 PM

After the 6209 is re-railed and the boiler loaded on the 6306, the freight crew (which had been on release since 1:50 PM the day before) get the train together (the rear was moved to Toltec so that the OP could get to the car) and the freight departs Osier at 5 AM.

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The train rolls over Cascade Creek Trestle...

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... rolls over the Rio De Los Pinos River...

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... and passes the Los Pinos tank.

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Posted 13 July 2022 - 07:22 PM

One mile west of Los Pinos, the train gets stuck in the snow, and the crew decides to double the train into Cumbres.

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The train pulls into Cumbres with the front half.

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The train heads back to get the rest of the train.

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With the rest of the train in tow, the crew heads to Cumbres. The train rounds Tanglefoot Curve...

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... and pulls into Cumbres with the rear half at 8 AM.

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