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Two Days In August
Two Days In August
In late August I participated in the Rio Grand Scenic Railroad's second annual photo special. The Rio Grande Scenic operates over the rails of the San Luis & Rio Grande between Alamosa and La Veta, Colorado. This was not my first trip on the RGS. The route differs from the more famous Durango & Silverton and the Cumbres & Toltec tourist railroads because the rails are standard guage and revenue producing freight trains run here daily (more correctly "nightly"). You don't have to imagine what railroading in the Colorado Rockies was like in the historic past. The SL&RG still operates in pretty much the same way the Denver & Rio Grande operated when these rails were first laid in the 19th century. The attendance for this year's photo special was about half what had been hoped for. The event was everthing I had hoped for and more. Normally a trip on the RGScenic is a round trip from Alamosa to La Veta and back in one day. Because of all the run-bys we spent the night in La Veta before returning to Alamosa.
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Alamosa Yard 
 
The two day journey begins in Alamosa.