Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

As we did last summer, we took Jim on a train-chasing jaunt this morning, the first train run of the season. We had great weather, great fun, and it was such a lovely experience to be doing this again.

This is the steam engine for the railroad and it is truly spectacular when it leaves the station, belching black smoke and steam. This shot was taken near the tracks on its first crossing over the highway.

This is the train coming toward us through the aspen groves. Jim was standing ahead of me, taking photos, and I caught him also.

As many times as we went past this point on the highway last year, neither Tom nor I noticed this additional trestle. So, we made sure we caught the train going over this today. Cool, huh?

I have taken so many photos, and of course, will no doubt take many more so stay tuned for new adventures. Don't give up on me if you don't hear from me here for a few many things to see and so little time!


Penny said...

Lovely, we have a steam train here too but it runs by the sea and is called the cockle train.

Vicki Greene said...

Great photos Susan. I am glad that you and DH are having a good time!

Ruth said...

Love your train photos. I commented on your yellow bird photo. See if you agree. Ruth

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Thanks, Penny, Vicki and Ruth!

We are planning on riding this train some time this month. Maybe on June 6 as that is our 40th wedding anniversary and this is the fortieth year that this train has operated as a tourist train (after many years as a mining and passenger train). We have chased this train so much last year and this year, we will see what it is like to be passengers!

Ruth, I do agree that it is a goldfinch! Thanks for helping with the identification.