a sample of my trip west

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by sumpter250, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Here's a couple of shots from my latest trip. Unfortunately my injury happened before I got to the "rail part" of the trip, so wasn't able to get much picture taking done.
    This is the Durango & Silverton #486 on the Highline in the Animas river gorge.

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  2. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    and a closer shot of 486.

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  3. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    This is the parlor car, the window at the far left of the picture is where I sat. I shot the highline picture from that window.

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  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    On the way north from Durango, the next morning, I caught the "Eureka" at a grade crossing alongside US 550.

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  5. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    This shot is looking out the rear window of the parlor car, on the way back to Durango from Silverton. Narrow Gauge in the Animas river canyon.

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  6. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Somewhere in the San Juan mountains between Silverton, and Ouray, Co.. I stopped on US 550 for a last look at some great country.

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  7. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    It looks a grand place to visit Sumpter250:D
    Love the pictures, thanks .
    Hope you are O K now.;)
    Wooden Parlor Car 350 looks beautiful:p
  8. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    Beautiful photos.
    Especially the "Eureka"
    Bill S
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Good photos and fantastic scenery. Looks like you had a fun time.
    Hope you've recoverd from you injury .
  10. jawatkins

    jawatkins Member

    The scenery is beautiful, especially the mountain shots. Sounds like you had a great trip.

    Hope you're doing better
  11. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    This convinces me to take the ride, now if we can only convice Peggy.:rolleyes:

    Great shots, I'm going to see if we can't do it later this month.

  12. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Great pictures. I must have missed something about your injury. Anyway, hope you are doing better.
  13. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Check out the pictures Here

  14. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Thank you for the pics, Pete. I love that shot of the High Line! You got the most beautiful spot perfectly!

    And yes, Don, the D&S is a MUST if you are in this part of the country. Absolutely spectacular scenery! (Oh well, and don't forget the trains - they also could be of some interest... :D :D :D)

    However, I heard from a friend that you have to book your seats well in advance. Is that still so, Pete?

    Hope your foot is recovering fast!

  15. belg

    belg Member

    Nice unspoiled landscapes just like in Montana. The Garden State should definitely be renamed to the toxic waste state because I think soon you can chew the air around here. Coming back from the Jersey shore is such a pleasure when you get to the refineries.
  16. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I left Jersey 50 years ago and it sounds like things haven't changed that much. I remember the smells of the refineries, the stench around Sycacus and the fact that you couldn't drown in the Passaic River because of the waste being dumped in it.

    The air around the big cities in the west does have its problems, and we don't have the Jersey shore that I dearly miss (along with decent cheescake, NJ tomatoes and kosher pickles), but I don't think I'd trade what we have here for going back to the things I did like.

  17. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    the ride on the D&S is good pic are exlant 550 is called the million dollar highway a lot of people have lost ther lives on it in winter when we lived in montrose in 92 there was a plow driver killed in snow slide ,have rode C&T(cumbres &toltec) and D&S like C&T better steeper grades double header on locos got to do the snow special once that was a blast.

    ezdays the grand canyon railway in williams is closer and have hear it is ezyer to get tickets to ride ,might be ezyer to get peggy to go there
  18. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I was told that tickets for the GCRY, and the D&SNG needed a month advance booking. The train was full, in both cases.
    US 550,, steep grades, sharp curves, and when I passed the sign that informed me that I was over 10,000 feet elevation, I was suddenly aware there were NO guard ralis on the highway.........sweet!
    Even though radio humorist Jean Shepherd once referred to New Jersey as "the lost continent", there are still some really beautiful areas there. On one trip east, I exited I80, and drove south along the Delaware, then I78 east. Very scenic drive, no stench!.
    For all,
    I didn't get a permanent cast on the ankle till I got back home, it'll be another 6 weeks before I'm out of the cast, and moving normally.
  19. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    Yeah, Williams is a lot closer, but we took that ride twice already. It isn't as scenic as the Durango ride, that is until you approach the Grand Canyon. Wow! I'm sure we'll go again, but If I wanted ez, I'd take the Verde Valley RR just about two hours north of us.

    D:cool: N
  20. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    did you do the steam on gcry ? what is vvr not heard of it.

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