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Re: Day Seven of the Cumbres & Toltec - Labor Day, 1970

September 07, 2015 01:05PM avatar
Ernie again, on page 65 of Terry's book -
"September 7: (Labor Day)  Due to the lack of valve oil for the locomotive, the run
to Antonito was cancelled, the fire was dropped on #483, and {she} was put away
in the enginehouse for the week.   {She} was fired up again during the afternoon
of Friday the 11th."
Here are four of Ernie's photos of #483 puttering around in Chama on 09/07/70, before she was put away for the week.
 
Pulling out of the engine house early in the day (that's your's truly on the left in the yellow jacket:
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Copyright © 1970, 2015 by Ernest W. Robart - All Rights Reserved.

Ernie then handed me his camera so he could join several of the volunteers for this group photo (he's to the right of the photo, in the light brown jacket, standing on the pilot deck):
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Copyright © 1970, 2015 by Ernest W. Robart - All Rights Reserved.

Assuming I got the slide numbers correct, the next photo shows #483 coupled to her train for the run to Antonito:
700907-09.jpg
Copyright © 1970, 2015 by Ernest W. Robart - All Rights Reserved.

After the train was cancelled, #483's fire was dropped at the ash pit and she was again backed into the enginehouse:
700907-16.jpg
Copyright © 1970, 2015 by Ernest W. Robart - All Rights Reserved.

After the conclusion of operations on Monday morning I packed up and headed home to California.  At that time the equipment delivered by the D&RGW on Tuesday and Thursday was scattered along the C&TS as follows:
        Antonito - #482, #495 & #488 and 40 cars.
        Lava        - #492 and 8 cars.
        Big Horn - #484 and 26 cars.
        Chama    - #483 and 6 cars (excluding cars owned by the scrapper).

Since the next operation wasn't until the following weekend, look for a followup post on September 12 . . .

- El Abuelo Histœrico, Greengo y Curmudgeoño de los Locomoturas Viejos y Verdes,
aka Der Grossväterlich DünkelOlivGrünDampfKesselMantelLiebHabender




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