Stopped at Big Horn, the crew converses on a plan of attack on a problem currently vexing their train.
Mt Blanca, Colorado's fourth highest peak rises in the distance.
Runnin' Flat Out
Pomp and Circumstance over, the first train of the 2017 season on the Cumbres and Toltec positions on the platform for boarding as Mt Blanca looms in the distance.
Strike a Pose
Tender topped off, 487 heads towards the main.
Back Em' Up.
Having the water topped off and the fire cleaned, 455 makes its way onto the main where it will then head back towards the depot and have its tender topped with coal.
As part of the daily ritual of bringing a steam locomotive to life is the filling of the water tank.
Waiting for the conductor on the ground to give the engine crew a signal to move, a hostler in the Chama Yard is seen from a depot window.
Masters of Steam
The engine crew of the 488 today take a moment and soak in the mountain air at Cumbres Pass
Drifting downgrade, Rio Grande Southern 455 floats over the Rio de Los Pinos towards its final destination of Antonito. The River? Into the Rio Grande, and eventually the Atlantic.