Classic chrome: Cumbres & Toltec Mikado.

I count this portrait view (vertically oriented photo) among my classic steam Kodachromes and i’ve published it in several books over the years.

I exposed it at Chama, New Mexico in September 1996 using my old Nikon F3T.

This was among many photos I’d made on a big western trip with my old pal TSH..

Despite its charms, that night we abandoned the Cumbres & Toltec to drive to Tennessee Pass to photograph Southern Pacific heavy freights on America’s highest mainline grade the following morning.

At the time I had my doubts about leaving the narrow gauge steam, but SP’s line was about to become Union Pacific and within a year traffic would be diverted elsewhere. Steam still rules on the narrow gauge but the rails over T-pass have been quiet for more than 20 years.

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One thought on “Classic chrome: Cumbres & Toltec Mikado.”

  1. It’s an absolutely fabulous picture. Everything about it is perfect, especially the way the smoke cooperated by softening the tone of the coaling tower. It’s a wonderful example of a black and white image in colour.

    Michael Walsh

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