Besides being near the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Alamosa, Colorado, hosts something of a railcar graveyard -- dozens of retired railroad cars and engines from all over the country.
After catching the early light at the dunes, my photo buddies (Barry and Alan) and I spent a morning last August exploring and photographing these rusting relics.
The paint is peeling . . .
And the windows are cracked and broken . . .
But these cars and engines still retain some of their romance and grandeur . . .
We were also able to poke around in a repair barn, where some of the cars and engines are being refurbished and maintained for the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad which operates from Alamosa (about which find more by clicking here or here).
And I couldn't resist photographing this notice painted on one of the passenger cars:
For those of you who don't know railroading, you can learn what it means by clicking here. (Tsk, tsk. You and your dirty mind.)
One last image . . .
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