Monday, August 19, 2013

Cumbres & Toltec - Scenery

This has got to be a drop dead gorgeous trip in the fall after the many, many aspen trees have turned.  I took many, many photos of aspens but will just share this one.

I wish I knew more about geology so I could appreciate these rock formations even more.

This section of track is called the Whiplash.  It gets pretty steep right here so there is a three layer switchback to keep the steel wheels of the train from sliding.

The first tunnel.

The second tunnel.

It got pitch black inside both tunnels.  Galen used a flash to get this shot that shows how close those tunnel walls are to the train.  There were a number of places along the way where it was very wise to keep arms, heads, and cameras inside the train!

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