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  Trip Report: D&S Railfest 2009 - Chapter 6
  Sun Afternoon, Aug 16
On through to Durango and home
  From: D&S Railfest 2009 Dates: August 14-16, 2009 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 81
With both regulars and the Presidental past us, we are outta here!
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Photo 82
Another shot on the Elk Park bridge under beautiful skies, but with some pretty high light.
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Photo 83
The best part about having the camp car (made from the old box) on the front is that you can make the train look like a freight through selective cropping.
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Photo 84
Sure, the real Needleton tank (made from a tank car, similar to Hermosa and Tank Creek) isn't the most picturesque, but how many times have you seen a picture of a train watering here as opposed to being posed at the old tank?
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Photo 85
Okay, here it is staged at the old tank as well.
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Photo 86
To Conductor Millard - this is why you should never, ever take my advice on which run-by to do. Well, unless you give me half an hour with a mower first. I didn't realize that Bitterroot would be this overgrown when I chose.
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Photo 87
Fortunately, Rich saved me from my poor choice in #86 by squeezing in my other option - the sheer walls south of Cascade.
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Photo 88
Behold the power of the Canon 100-400L...
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Photo 89
Just a grab shot as I was climbing back through the willows to get trackside.
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Photo 90
If there's a more perfect way to spend a day than hanging off the back of a caboose on the narrow gauge, I certainly don't know what it is.
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Photo 91
With such a small group, we had the luxury of getting a few shots that larger groups can't do - like the south end of the High Bridge. The shootable ledge from this side is extremely small, and it's a long way down to the river.
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Photo 92
It's actually hard to shoot a train this small on the High Line. It just gets dwarfed by the scenery.
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Photo 93
See what I mean? The train's just so tiny.
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Photo 94
So here's Eureka and train posed against the big rock wall, without the massive precipice below.
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Photo 95
Actually one of my favorite run-bys for the trip, since you can actually see it working a bit.
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Photo 96
And finally, back in Durango at the close of Railfest Weekend 2009. Thanks to Dan and his crew for everything they went through to keep Eureka operational, and to everyone at the Durango & Silverton for putting on a couple of great trips. See you all at Railfest 2010.
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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.