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Monarch Pass I by classictrains Monarch Pass I by classictrains
Some days you have no choice but to shoot directly into the sun... and sometimes the results are surprising.

Look at that grade! (Yes this shot is vertical. Look at the tree trunks.) The Monarch Branch of the D&RGW was one of the last segments to be converted from narrow gauge to standard gauge. I caught this pair of GP9's struggling to move a few gondolas around above treeline at end of track in November 1969.

I posted a companion shot to this, Monarch Pass II, several months ago.
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:iconrailroadsloth:
railroadsloth Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
Good Lord! What is that, a 4% grade?
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classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
scary hey? (I'd love to know the answer to that question.) The Monarch branch should be pretty well documented... a former narrow gauge line.
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jhg162 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
That's a great picture. I don't think there is a railfan that would not chase a pair of GP9's.
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JDAWG9806 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
wish we had that kind of stuff in chicagoland. ah well at least we got the south shore.
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
A really fantastic shot, Chris!

RWT
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:iconclassictrains:
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
thanks Robert... it cleaned up better than I expected
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It came out pretty darn good.
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