It Ends With A Caboose

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series CMR Photo Freight 2013

The last bit of my Central Montan Railway excursion included a quick visit to Ware, the current end of the CMR.  It won’t be the end of the line too much longer because sometime before winter Carla anticipates having the Judith River trestle repaired.  That means the CMR’s connection to BNSF will be restored and traffic can once again flow over the entire line.  Good news for the CMR for certain.

12 MPHMoving in reverse from Danvers to Ware at 12 MPH.

Our excursion crossed one of the other impressive steel trestles at Indian Creek and we stopped for another photo session.  Afternoon clouds had rolled in so we had to wait a bit for the sun to come back out before the photo shoot was complete.  No matter we had more important subjects to discuss and a few other photos to take while we waited.  This group of riders was a pleasure to be around so hanging out together for a bit was no issue.

Old Ranch HouseAn abandoned ranch house sits on the hill above Indian Creek while our train rests on the trestle waiting for the sunlight to return.

One of my favorite images from the trip was pointed out to me by Paul Birkholz.  He yelled across the cab at me and said to come over and look at the silhouette of our train on the canyon floor.  Beautiful!  I took several images as the train rolled slowly over the trestle at 10mph.  What an amazing afternoon scene!

Train Over Indian CreekElevated over Indian Creek.

As the title of this post indicates, it ends with a caboose.  After an enjoyable dinner in Denton a group of us trudged back over to the CMR shops and photographed our caboose as the sun dropped behind the clouds.  Jay set some lights into the rear markers and proceeded to illuminate the grain elevator with his light.   After a couple of tries we all had the shots we wanted.

It Ends With A CaboosMy excursion on the CMR ended with this photo of the CMR 100 caboose.

I packed up my gear and made the 30 minute trek back to Stanford.  On the way I reflected on the day.  I was tired but fully satisfied with the photos I’d taken and the experience I’d had.  The railfans on this trip were fabulous and so enjoyable to be around which made the whole thing that much better.

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