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Day 296

Down on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railway, aboard Galloping Goose #5!

Osier is where the trains from East (Antonito, CO) and West (Chama, NM) meet. The passengers have lunch and then either switch trains to continue on to the other end of the track and return by motor coach, or stay on their same train to return to where they started from.

We had to walk the length of the train from Chama to the Galloping Goose #5, just visible ahead of Engine 484, above. Here you can see some of the other Galloping Goose passengers heading for the Goose.

And a photo of the two intrepid adventures about to rebound the Goose!

~Curtis (and Walter!) after lunch in /\/ew /\/\exico! {!-{>

Day 295

Down on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railway, aboard Galloping Goose #5!

We hit the railroad a week or so too soon for really good Fall colors

Another run-by, this one over a trestle!

~Curtis in /\/ew /\/\exico! {!-{>

Day 294

Down on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railway, aboard Galloping Goose #5!

We finally come around the bend to see Osier.

I even have a print of a painting of Osier on my wall. Here is a close up of the old station.

This is the important new building, however.

It is where we are having lunch!

There was turkey and gravy, meatloaf and salad in the basement.

I have to say it was probably the best commercial turkey dinner I have had.

Then came the best part…

But since I couldn’t find any whipped cream I ended up with a cross between bread pudding and a cinnamon roll…very good too!

And that was lunch on the Cumbres and Toltec!

~Curtis in /\/ew /\/\exico! {!-{>

Day 293

Down on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railway, aboard Galloping Goose #5!

Here is that house we saw above.

Looking back up at the water tower.

The Goose drove across that bridge and let those people out for a run-by. Then we backed up slowly (the only way it CAN go back!) and drove by. We then stopped and let them back on. Lucky for them! {!-{>

Here is that pile of railroad ties from below.

~Curtis in /\/ew /\/\exico! {!-{>

Day 292

Down on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railway, aboard Galloping Goose #5!

We ar heading way down the valley there. You can just see the track. Four miles? Five? To get there.

The arrow points to a pile of railroad ties we will be passing.

A closer view of the ties…

We will pass by these houses and the track equipment in a couple miles.

The track goes in front of the water tower, and then curves left behind it to make a big loop. The red roofed building is behind the houses above.

~Curtis in /\/ew /\/\exico! {!-{>

Day 291

Down on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railway, aboard Galloping Goose #5!

Coming off of Cumbres Pass you for a long loop. It is the better part of a mile to drop 20 feet…

The arrows show some of the track, a mile or two back.

A couple photos over the Motor Coachman’s shoulder…

~Curtis in New /\/\exico! {!-{>

Day 290-recently updated with new photos at the end!

Recently a bunch of us from the Camera Club went up to St Peter’s Mission, in the hills north of Cascade. It is a bit…rural up there…there is a cemetery on the hilltop.

Click on the photo to enlarge the sign to a readable size.

Photo by the Dailylife Wife.

There is also the ruins of an old girls school here, run by the Ursalline Nuns whose building we meet in for the Camera Club in Great Falls.

If you look closely at the lower left corner of the window, you’ll see a white spot.

If you enlarge it you can see a little white weasel with a black tipped tail. He was running up and down through the wall.

One of me & one of the group of us. Photos by Rick Moore.

Your’s truly!


~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 289

Down on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railway, aboard Galloping Goose #5!

The tracks leading out of the Cumbres Pass Station.

This is a great place for Rail Fans.

An old siding near the Cumbres Pass Station.

~Curtis in /\/ew /\/\exico! {!-{>

Day 288

Down on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railway, aboard Galloping Goose #5!

Looking out of the front of #5.

In the front of the Goose.

Seating in the bus half of #5.

~Curtis in New Mexico! {!-{>

Day 287

Cumbres Pass.

The underground waterpower on Cumbres Pass.

~Curtis in New Mexico! {!-{>