Sunday, January 22, 2023


 It's Steamy Sunday!  Today's image is of my all time favorite railroad.  I need to get back and ride it again, last time was 5 years ago.  Time flies when you're having fun.  😏  Anyway, this is the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad train sitting at the station on the Antonito Colorado end.  It had just returned from Chama New Mexico.


  1. It seems to have a large "protrusion" at the front, rather than just a "cattle guard".
    (I know protrusion isn't the right word and I suspect that Cattle guard isn't either, but those are the two terms that came to mind)

    1. Yes, as Darren stated below, a "cowcatcher" or pilot is the most common protrusion to a locomotive. In the higher elevations these trains will go through snow and even sometimes small mudslides or rockslides so they have the quite heavy duty plows on the front.

  2. Usually the thing at the front is called a cow catcher. However on this locomotive that is a snow plow.