We had first class tickets in a dome car so we had a good view of the surrounding area.
It may be September but we didn't see fall colors of yellow, orange and red. Everything was black and white. Last summer the Spring Creek Fire, which started near Fort Garland, burned over 100,000 acres between June 27 and September 10. The scenery along our train route was mainly black and white.
There were distant views of the nearby mountain ranges.
But mainly, we saw the contrast of black and white in the burned-out forest. The patterns were so sad, but also beautiful in their own right.
It is amazing where trees can grow.
There were numerous overturned grain cars along the route. There have been several derailments on this stretch and often the cars are just pushed off the track and down the slope from the track. Crews come in and salvage what parts they can.
More contrasts of black and white.
There were two stops for photo shoots. Everyone who wanted to take pictures got off the train, which then backed up before driving by so we could take pictures.
One of the cars on the train was the owners' car. It was at the rear of the train going up to LaVeta. It gave us a view of what private rail cars were like during the last century.
We saw glass insulators on old electric poles.
This is the train station in LaVeta. You can see we were190 miles, by rail, from Denver.
We had one meal on the train, eggs benedict. While we explored LaVeta, we bought sandwiches at the deli counter in Charlies, the LaVeta grocery store. We ate them near the end of the trip serving as our dinner.
We have one more train ride scheduled this week, on the Cumbres and Toltec out of Chama, New Mexico. Can you tell we are train buffs? On Monday's trip we took nearly 200 photos during the day. Wonder how many we will take on Thursday?