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  Trip Report: D&S Railfest 2009 - Chapter 3
  Sat Morning, Aug 15
Riding Eureka from Silverton to Cascade and Back
  From: D&S Railfest 2009 Dates: August 14-16, 2009 Author: Nathan Holmes


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One of the morning rituals with Eureka is the lineup to load the tender. Coal and oil are so much more convenient...
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Photo 30
Work's happening over there - that's why I'm over here. (Just kidding - they were almost done by the time I showed up.)
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Photo 31
With the loading of wood complete, they'll take the trainset down to the wye to get it pointed south again for the day's run to Cascade and back.
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Backing into the wye... If you use just a little imagination, it's almost like a train coming off the Silverton Railroad. (Though I feel the need to note that the D&S's wye is *not* where the SRR co nnected.)
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Photo 33
Coming south off the other leg of the wye...
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Photo 34
While backing towards the station, the morning light really shows that Eureka is deep chocolate brown, not black.
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On her way back to load up for the day's trip. I believe there were 15 of us total that Saturday, as opposed to the 50+ packed seats the day before. Bad for the D&S, good for us photographers...
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Photo 36
On account of a few delays getting started, we pretty much had to highball all the way down to Elk Park to clear for the first reguarly scheduled train. Here we are sitting in the hole north of the wye.
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Another shot of Eureka in the Elk Park siding.
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About thirty minutes after we cleared up, 482 showed with the first of the day's regular trains.
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Following on the first regular's markers was RGS Goose 5, having just come out of the wye on the first of its three trips from Silverton to Elk Park and back.
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But wait, there's more! The final train for the morning was a work extra powered by diesel Hot Shot 1. They would be working at Elk Park, but pulled up to let us by.
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Bet this is one of the few times that Eureka has ever met a diesel.
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Photo 42
By the time that we'd met all three, we had just enough time to drop down and duck into the Elk Park wye to meet the second regular train.
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Photo 43
Eureka truly is a beautiful piece of machinery. Much different than the regular large K-class engines I'm used to shooting on the line. Plus it just looks so at home in these rugged canyons.
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Photo 44
Speaking of large K-class, here's K-36 482 with the second daily train.
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Creative Commons License This work is copyright 2009 by Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net), but licensed under a Creative Commons License. I encourage others to consider CC or other Open Content-style licensing of their original works.

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.