Cumbres & Toltec steam locomotive

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic at Windy Point—Daily Post

Steam Working in a Stunning Setting.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic is one of America’s treasures. This timeless railway is always a joy to visit and photograph.

The combination of its sinuous and steeply graded line with stunning Rocky Mountain vistas and authentic Denver & Rio Grande Western Baldwin-built Mikados makes for endless opportunities for dramatic photographs.

Cumbres & Toltec steam locomotive
Chama, New Mexico to Antonito, Colorado excursion train works near Windy Point on the ascent of Cumbres Pass. Exposed on Fujichrome with my Nikon F3T. By including the out of focus tree on the lower left and the patch of sunlit fields at upper right, I’ve created a greater sense of depth; while the column of exhaust smoke draws the eye to locomotive, which is the primary subject.

I’ve used this image in several books and calendars.

For more steam photos see my book: Steam Power published by Voyageur Press

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