John L Mathis

Railroad Photography

Highlight for August 2014

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR 489 west of Lobato, NM on Octobe 18, 2011.


Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR 489 near Lobato Lake, NM pulling a "hospital train" of cars destined for the Antonitio, CO shops for post season maintenance on October 18, 2011. The season ended on the preceding day and now the cars needing maintenance are headed for the shop.


Sony Digital A900 - 1/500 sec. - f/9.0- ISO 400 - Sony 70-400mm f/4.0-5.6 SSM G lens @ 70mm, Processed with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6.


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