In the spring of 2014, Denver & Rio Grande Western 2-8-0 #315 operated a rare 3-day photo charter on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This excursion featured #315 pulling a Rio Grande work train, with Pile Driver OB being steamed up and used along the railroad right-of-way. In addition to the work train, #315 would also pull a mixed freight during the 2nd day of the charter.
Starting in Antonito, CO, we'll cover the east side of railroad - travelling as far west as Los Pinos and spending 2 nights in the high country at Osier. In addition to plenty of runbys at iconic locations, you'll see inside the pile driver as the Friends of the C&TS crew provide a demonstration with OB at the Big Horn wye. We'll also cover some entirely new locations on this historic and scenic narrow gauge line.
In addition to the 3-day event, this program covers a pre-charter doubleheader to move freight cars to Antonito for the charter. You'll see K-27 2-8-2 #463 and K-36 2-8-2 #488 on the 4% grade from Chama to Cumbres Pass. This video also chronicles the opening day passenger train from Antonito to Cumbres, a rare doubleheader with #315 leading #463. After this trip, #315 would be trucked back to her home in Silverton, ending a historic 10-month stay on the Cumbres and Toltec.
Filmed entirely in HD, this program features great steam action amidst the spectacular scenery of the San Juan Mountains.
This program has minimal narration (with the option to turn it on or off) and no distracting music.
In addition to the standard widescreen DVD, this program is also available on HD Blu-ray disc.
Running Time: 103 minutes (plus 8 minutes of previews)