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484,488,492 and 498 on heavy freight turn, June 1966

June 10, 2019 08:59PM
With late spring, early summer having come around again, I thought I would post some recollections from May/June, 1966, a mere 53 years ago (not so long by geological standards).
In May 1966 I was poised to head to the West Texas oil patch for the third summer. I had accepted an offer by Humble Oil Company in Midland, Texas, and I had taken the company physical, although my enthusiasm for heading east for the summer again was at a very low level. Then came an unexpected offer from Climax Molybdenum to work in the Climax mill near Leadville. With an opportunity to head to Colorado, I wrote Humble Oil an apologetic letter and I was off to a fabulous summer in the mountains and in narrow gauge country. Before reporting to the huge mine and mill complex in Climax, I decided to spend a week on the narrow gauge that had only recently resumed operation after the winter shutdown.

On Memorial Day weekend I rode the Rocky Mountain RR Club annual 3-day roundtrip from Alamosa to Silverton, the last one as it turned out, seen here at Gato on May 30 1966 with 483 leading.

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The next day, May 31, 473 took the empty passenger stock from Alamosa back to Durango, and I chased the train as far as Dulce, seen here between Azotea and Monero.

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The next 3 days I chased the heavy freight operations that started in Alamosa on June 1.

Here 488 and 498 are getting a roll on their train out of Alamosa

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The train stopped in La Jara for water, and I made a happy connection with two other railfans who were also chasing the freight.

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The other railfans were John Charles and Steve Patterson, seen at left, who were chasing together in John's Bronco, and we ended up combining forces for the next three days.

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