Strong legs and a long lens can get you a good look into the Durango yards. In this view from across the Animas River up on the slopes of Smelter Mountain, we see K-36 481 being coaled after her arrival in Durango late in the afternoon. She has brought her train around the balloon track and dropped it where it remains visible at bottom center. A front-end loader does the coaling honors. The 481's next stop will be the sand tower just a few feet further back. Then the ashpit and finally onto the turntable (out of sight to the right) and into the roundhouse.
Now diesel #11 is moving south to tie onto the consist and position it properly for tomorrow morning's departure, adding or subtracting cars as dictated by the passenger load. Also visible just above the 481 is the silver spreader, which is towed behind the locomotive after the heaviest snowfalls in winter to push the snow back from the rails.
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