Narrow Gauge Photos
Of Colorado and New Mexico
Mountain Railroads

Bill Payne's photos

All of these narrow gauge photos were taken by fellow Nottawasaga Model Railway Club member, Bill Payne, during a vacation trip in the late summer of 2012 he and his wife took to explore the legendary railroad locations in Colorado and New Mexico.

The narrow gauge photos were taken on the Durango & Silverton railroad and at Chama, New Mexico, Strasburg, the Georgetown Loop, Silverton and Durango.

Bill also spent time at the Colorado Railway Museum in Golden and took some photos around the shops in Strasburg. He lent me his photo album so I could build this page of narrow gauge photos. 

For modelers, these narrow gauge photos may help capture the feel of the mountain scenery or show you some details of engines and cars to assist you in your modeling efforts. For railfans who have been to the area or wish they could visit, Bill's photos will certainly give you a good feeling.

Click on the thumbnails of the narrow gauge photos that catch your eye for a larger view.

narrow gauge railroad georgetown station durango station sign
Georgetown Old Georgetown station Durango station sign
durango station durango coach engine 486
Durango station Durango coach Silverton Engine 486
loco 486 running gear boxcar 3134 stopped train
Engine 486 running gear Boxcar 3134 with train Stopped train
right of way s curve train on curve
Track with fill hugging cliff wall Excursion on s-curve beside cliff View from coach of train on curve
chasm river chasm train by cliff
Looking down into chasm River below cliff Train hugging cliff side
bridge edge river freight cars
Train close to edge of bridge. Scary! View of river from bridge Passing old freight cars
cars on siding flat car water stop
Cars on siding Old flat car Taking on water for the boiler
water tank water spout lodge
Closeup of water tank Water spout Lodge "in the middle of nowhere"
town town and mountain legion hall
town town with aspen covered mountain The Legion Hall
hotel city hall stores
Hotel Silverton City Hall Main street stores
bill payne with loco crane ballast cars
Bill Payne by locomotive MOW crane Ballast cars
aspens on mountain aspens tank car
Mountain scenery Aspens in early fall foliage Tank car
locomotive wheels closeup of trucks durango coach
Locomotive wheels Closeup of locomotive trucks Durango & Silverton coach
engine 486 486 on turntable bunkhouse sign
Durango & Silverton engine 486 486 on turntable Sign about structures on premises
c&t tender tender round water tank
Cumbres & Toltec tender 482 tender round water tank
scrapped flat car scrapped flanger wheel car
Scrapped flat car Scrapped flanger Wheel car
flanger plow chama fuel rack wedge plow
Flanger plow Fuel rack (Chama?) Wedge plow
yard trackage coaling tower rio grande 492 scrapped
Yard trackage Coaling tower Rio Grande engine 492 scrapped
engine 483 pistons cumbres &toltec locomotive
Side view of engine 486 Closeup of pistons and drivers Cumbres & Toltec loco near engine house
engine 488 front coors reefer drgw 0503 caboose
Head on view of engine 488 Scrapped D&RGW reefer Denver & Rio Grande Western caboose 0503
drgw caboose 0579 yard engine house
D&RGW caboose 0579 yard area Engine house
tender 488 snow blower snowblower office
Tender 488 Rotary snow plow Scrapped snow plow as office
rerailer rotary snow plow chama sign
closeup of rerailer OMR rotary snow plow Sign at Chama, New Mexico
loco sign cripple Creek engine museum
Locomotive sign Cripple Creek locomotive Station turned into museum
cripple creek water cripple Creek engine 2 cripple creek loco 2 side
Cripple Creek water tank Cripple Creek locomotive #2 Side view of engine #2
strasburg station strasburg station front rico observation
Strasburg station Front view of station Observation car Rico
coach coach interior short boxcar
Coach on siding Interior of coach Short wooden boxcar
rio grande caboose 578 drgw flanger flanger sign
Rio Grande caboose 578 D&RGW flanger Sign on flanger
flanger pistons loco 491 sign loco 491 side
Closeup of flanger pistons Sign on locomotive 491 Side view of #491
engine 491 angle view 491 front coors reefer
Angle view of engine 491 Front of engine 491 Coors reefer
0-4-0 tank engine cs rotary restoring locomotive
0-4-0 tank engine Colorado Southern rotary snowplow restoring locomotive
repair shop equipment colorado museum sign drgw loco 346
Machinery inside repair shop Colorado Museum sign D&RGW loco 346
locos on turntable galloping goose diesel engine 130
Locomotives at turntable A Galloping Goose Diesel switcher 130
turntable bridge turntable lock armstrong lever
Turntable bridge tracks Turntable locking mechanism "Armstrong" lever (hand-operated turntable)
argentine central shay shay gearing pilot of #14
Argentine Central shay locomotive Closeup of shay gearing Engine 14's pilot
shay pistons shay cab shay tender
Closeup of shay pistons Cab of shay Tender section of shay
georgetown loop engine 463 side rods
Georgetown Loop sign Engine running gear Closeup of side rods
scrapped coach steel trestle colorado model railroad
A scrapped coach Cars on steel trestle The Colorado Museum model railroad

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