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  Trip Report: D&S Railfest 2009 - Chapter 5
  Sun Morning, Aug 16
From Silverton to Elk Park
  From: D&S Railfest 2009 Dates: August 14-16, 2009 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 61
After skipping the tender loading fun on Saturday, I joined right in on Sunday morning. My back hated me most of the day for doing so. Having gotten it loaded, Dan's doing his walk-around before backing Eureka up to the fire hydrant to fill the tank.
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Photo 62
Holy cow - you couldn't have asked for a more beautiful morning. Not a cloud in the sky anywhere.
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Photo 63
Filling the tank at the hydrant north of the depot.
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Photo 64
Restaged at the depot and ready for us to board. If you thought the previous day's passenger list was dismal, today there are only a dozen of us.
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Photo 65
And, after topping off one of the passenger car tanks with a garden hose, we're ready to go.
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Photo 66
I still maintain this is the absolute best way to see the railroad.
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Photo 67
The first shot of the morning is out on the Animas bridge in absolutely perfect morning light.
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Photo 68
Standing there, getting ready for the next run-by, I see Darel about fifty feet up the river and decide to go see what he's found. Hey, those backwaters look pretty still, and we're getting a reflection...
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Photo 69
Turns out, trains reflect remarkably well, too!
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Photo 70
Just a couple miles down the canyon, somebody spots a bear and two cubs on the opposite river bank.
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Photo 71
Eureka passes a small pond just north of Elk Park.
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A wider shot, showing the rockface on the opposite side of the canyon.
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Photo 73
Found the speeder guys...
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Photo 74
So that's how you blow down Eureka's boiler - you take out a plug with a wrench and then go lift a valve from the fireman's side deck...
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Photo 75
Here's the first of the trains we'll be meeting at Elk Park - 473 with the Presidental Special.
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473 and the Presidential Special take the other leg of the Elk Park wye to let both regular trains by us.
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Here's the first daily train, powered by 480.
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Durango & Silverton owner Al Harper stepped off the Presidential for a quick visit to the cab of Eureka.
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Photo 79
It's a less-than-ideal angle for 482 and the second train, but thanks to some rather uncooperative railfans who seemingly didn't get the concept of photo line, it was the best I could do.
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Photo 80
Don't know why, just like this low angle shot of Eureka with the cliff face behind it.
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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.