Trains.com
You have 7 views remaining.

Home / Videos & Photos / Photos / Photo Galleries / Wood-burning steam locomotive special event

Wood-burning steam locomotive special event

By Jim Wrinn | October 1, 2021

Cumbres & Toltec's 50th anniversary celebration in photos

Email Newsletter

Get the newest photos, videos, stories and more.

4-4-0 Eureka and 2-6-0 Glenbrook doublehead on a mixed train for fans. The location is Ferguson’s trestle. Jim Wrinn
Narrow gauge steam train crossing a bridge in a forested scene.
Rio Grande K-37 No. 493 crosses the Animas River on a low trestle near Silverton, Colo., on a Trains magazine-sponsored photo special. Jim Wrinn
Narrow gauge steam train crossing a bridge in a forested scene.
Rear view of a steam locomotive and tender in a rail yard.
Southern Pacific 4-6-0 No. 18, California railroading’s “Slim Princess,” makes an unlikely appearance in Silverton, Colo., during the Trains magazine photo special on the Durango & Silverton. Jim Wrinn
Rear view of a steam locomotive and tender in a rail yard.
Two narrow gauge steam trains operated facing away from each other in a forested scene.
Back-to-back trains prepare for the day in Silverton, Colo. In the distance is Rio Grande 2-8-2 No. 493 with a passenger train, and in the foreground is Southern Pacific 4-6-0 No. 18 with a freight. Both operated for a Trains magazine photo special on the Durango & Silverton. Jim Wrinn
Two narrow gauge steam trains operated facing away from each other in a forested scene.
Operating railroad pile driver with crews looking on.

Pile driver OB demonstrates its capabilities in the yard at Antonito, Colo. Jim Wrinn photograph

Operating railroad pile driver with crews looking on.
Four steam locomotives line for display in a rail yard.

Victorian Iron Horses pose together at Antonito, Colo., from left, Denver & Rio Grande 2-8-0 No. 425, Denver & Rio Grande 4-6-0 No. 168, Rio Grande Southern 4-6-0 No. 20, and Eureka & Palisades 4-4-0 Eureka. Jim Wrinn photograph

Four steam locomotives line for display in a rail yard.
A 4-6-0 steam locomotive poses over a pit.
Before going out on a run to Osier, Colo., 4-6-0 No. 168 makes a stop at the ash pit. Jim Wrinn Photograph
A 4-6-0 steam locomotive poses over a pit.
Double-headed steam passenger train high steps over the high plains.

Nos. 168 and 425 doublehead out of Antonito, Colo., on a passenger special using the Cumbres & Toltec’s historic fleet of passenger cars, including a restored sleeper on the tail. Jim Wrinn photograph

Double-headed steam passenger train high steps over the high plains.
Steam hauled passenger train in open grassland.

4-4-0 Eureka and 2-6-0 Glenbrook doublehead on a mixed train for fans. The location is Ferguson’s trestle. Jim Wrinn photograph

Steam hauled passenger train in open grassland.
Double-headed steam passenger train.
Another view of the double-headed train.
Double-headed steam passenger train.
Crews loading wood and water into a train.
Frequent sight during the operation of the two wood burners, Eureka and Glenbrook: Wooding up and refilling water. The older, smaller engines stopped frequently for fuel and water. This one was at Lava. Jim Wrinn photograph
Crews loading wood and water into a train.
Closer look of a double-headed steam passenger train in a prairiegrass-pine forest area.

Eureka and Glenbrook arrive at Big Horn, Colo., to turn on the wye there. The two 1875 locomotives are a throw back to the earliest days of this line. This was Eureka’s second visit to the C&TS, the last time being 1997, and Glenbrook’s first trip outside of Nevada since its construction. The locomotives were on the Baldwin shop floor together when built, but there’s no evidence of them crossing paths since … until now. Jim Wrinn photograph

Closer look of a double-headed steam passenger train in a prairiegrass-pine forest area.
Rear view of a 4-4-0 wood-fired locomotive.

Eureka and Glenbrook arrive at Big Horn, Colo., to turn on the wye there. The two 1875 locomotives are a throw back to the earliest days of this line. This was Eureka’s second visit to the C&TS, the last time being 1997, and Glenbrook’s first trip outside of Nevada since its construction. The locomotives were on the Baldwin shop floor together when built, but there’s no evidence of them crossing paths since … until now. Jim Wrinn photograph

Rear view of a 4-4-0 wood-fired locomotive.
Nose-on view of the steam train.

Eureka and Glenbrook arrive at Big Horn, Colo., to turn on the wye there. The two 1875 locomotives are a throw back to the earliest days of this line. This was Eureka’s second visit to the C&TS, the last time being 1997, and Glenbrook’s first trip outside of Nevada since its construction. The locomotives were on the Baldwin shop floor together when built, but there’s no evidence of them crossing paths since … until now. Jim Wrinn photograph

Nose-on view of the steam train.
Two larger coal-fired steam locomotives lead a freight train through scrub and grassland.

In a Trains Magazine-sponsored photo charter, Rio Grande Southern No. 20 and C&TS 2-8-2 No. 463 portraying RGS No. 455 doublehead at Ferguson’s trestle. Conductor Lucas Maez directs the action from trackside. The two locomotives were replicating a train photographed by William Moedinger in the early 1940s. The images of that train appeared in the February 1942 issue of Trains. Jim Wrinn photograph

Two larger coal-fired steam locomotives lead a freight train through scrub and grassland.
Conductor sending a hand signal to a train.
Conductor Lucas Maez directs the action from trackside. Jim Wrinn photograph
Conductor sending a hand signal to a train.

Wood-burning steam locomotive event in 2021

Wood-burning steam locomotive trains were the highlight of a September 2021 celebration of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad that is automatically a step back in time to the 1920s. With the inclusion of the older locomotives, the clock turned back further, to about 1900.

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the anniversary celebration back a year, but in late August 2021, the biggest party in narrow gauge history came together with visiting locomotives Eureka and Glenbrook from Nevada, the Cumbres & Toltec’s own 19th-century 4-6-0 No. 168, and in-residence 2-8-0 No. 315, renumbered to an earlier time when it was No. 425.

Trains magazine arranged for the Colorado Railroad Museum’s newly restored 1899 Rio Grande Southern 4-6-0 No. 20 to join in as an after-party guest for two photo charters for the faithful. Trains also arranged another event, the first photo charter with the Durango & Silverton’s oil-burning K-37 2-8-2 No. 493, restored in 2020. D&S generously shared Southern Pacific 4-6-0 No. 18, visiting for the summer. Join us for a look at the Victorian Iron Horse Roundup, Rio Grande Southern No. 20 photo charters, and our special train, Extra 493 with SP 18, on the Durango & Silverton. This was two weeks of amazing narrow-gauge action unlike anything ever before it, and yet another affirmation of the amazing power of little trains in the Rockies.

 

You must login to submit a comment