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First Stop - Durango

 

On June 12th we embarked on a 1,748 mile, 11 day (one way, we then flew 800 miles home from Denver yesterday) road trip through Colorado and Wyoming.  I wanted to show Frank some of my childhood haunts - and visit some new ones together. 

 

We rolled into Durango late in the evening, lucky to find accomodations as the "416 fire" was raging just a mile outside of town.  There were evacuation orders and pre-evacuation recommendations...  The next morning, we had a wander around Durango - a place we both love, and had last visited with Sir Alan Rolfe on one of his trips to the U.S.  Smoke was heavy until about 10am - as it started to lift, it lent to some rather atmospheric shots of the old Steam Engine in the narrow gauge train yard.

 

First Stop - Durango

 

On June 12th we embarked on a 1,748 mile, 11 day (one way, we then flew 800 miles home from Denver yesterday) road trip through Colorado and Wyoming.  I wanted to show Frank some of my childhood haunts - and visit some new ones together. 

 

We rolled into Durango late in the evening, lucky to find accomodations as the "416 fire" was raging just a mile outside of town.  There were evacuation orders and pre-evacuation recommendations...  The next morning, we had a wander around Durango - a place we both love, and had last visited with Sir Alan Rolfe on one of his trips to the U.S.  Smoke was heavy until about 10am - as it started to lift, it lent to some rather atmospheric shots of the old Steam Engine in the narrow gauge train yard.

 

comments (18)

very powerful and strong composition
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Alan! I did get lucky with that smoke - I think it helped with the atmosphere!
This is a great shot, Ell'...Told you so! I could see it as a poster for them.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank! You are usually right! smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 25 Jun 2018, 05:01
definitely from an era gone by and the smoke adds to the old feel
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: These steam engines are great - even to a non-train fan! We took this line from Durango to Silverton a few years ago in a torrential downpour! It winds up a steep canyon, following the Animas River. We watched as waterfalls formed down the canyon walls, and the river level rose rapidly... quite an experience!
"Atmospheric" is a good word for this, Elizabeth. So glad you and Frank got to share this time together, visiting your childhood haunts.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The smoke really made a difference in the train yard!
I too, am so pleased to have shared this with him!
J'aime beaucoup le souvenir de ces anciennes locomotives ..c'etait une belle avancée technologique..Belle prise de vue
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm pleased I could give you a fond memory! Thank you, Claudine!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 25 Jun 2018, 07:14
Wowee - Frank must have been in heaven!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh you know it!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Jun 2018, 07:22
How strange you should have smoke to enhance the your pictures. Good to have you back, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Who knew anyone could benefit from the tragedy...

Thank you, Lisl!!
Cracking picture E. Frank is right!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Bill! I was unsure...
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 25 Jun 2018, 07:52
Great picture.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Chad!
  • Alan
  • Lacoste, Provence.
  • 25 Jun 2018, 07:54
Oh wonderful! Seeing this immediately brought back memories of my trip there when I met up with you guys. I assume that the 416 fire was from loco no. 416? This has oodles of atmosphere.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I thought it might give you some fond memories, Alan!
The name of the fire actually comes from the fire incident reports... this was the 416th report in 2018. Incidents can be anything from false alarms to full on fires.
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 25 Jun 2018, 12:33
Sounds like an exciting trip filled with lots of memories, both old and new. A great capture of this locomotive's massiveness. The smoke helps make it stand out nicely against the background.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It certainly was a terrific trip, Steven!
Thank you so much - I was unsure with this photo... I'm so pleased you like it!
This is the kind of subject I would love to explore.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm not "into" trains... but I did really enjoy wandering around looking for a good photo!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Jun 2018, 13:32
Cracking picture!

We have winter and our wildfire season is getting closer - normally end of winter. Where I grew up, it regularly happened that we had to get up and start fire fighting in the night. In our area the would be grass fires and we attacked it from behind - very smokey and boy did we stank afterwards. Snot smeared allover my face, from the smoke.

When the wind allowed we burned firebreaks, but had to manage the fire of the break. Same stinky, black and slippery results.

The idea is that everyone managed the approach to his own property and the firefighters jumped in when things got out of hand in an area. I did envy them their masks.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Louis!

Wow - what a story! Thank you so much for telling this to me!
I love the smoky atmosphere and rusty tones.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Ruthie! I got a bit lucky with all that was there!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jun 2018, 15:10
Really looking forward to seeing and hearing all about your trip!

What a great start!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I hope you'll enjoy some of the photo's and stories!
Thanks so much, Anne!
What a fine shot, I like the smoky atmosphere. We visited three railways during our week in North Wales, for Franks benefit the LLangollen on the way there and the Welshpool on the way home plus the Ffestiniog while we were there, we didn't actually ride on any of them though, they charge 'silly money' for the fare these days!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, very much, Brian!
He knew exactly of what you speak! smile
it sounds like an interesting road trip Elizabeth... i love the old rusty locomotive... i'm sure that it's out of service....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We had a great time and saw some amazing places!
Thank you!
It's not out of service - just not running right now because of the fire. My processing made it look more rusty than it is! smile
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 25 Jun 2018, 19:11
this is a muscular looking locomotive and i would not have thought it was on the narrow gauge, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed - a typical American loco!

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