I’d Like Your 29.99 Oil Change Special, Please!

Could you imagine the look on the highly paid technician at Jiffy Lube when this guy pulls in?

I’ve got another railroad picture for you today.. this time, it’s in the shops in Chama, NM.  This is the Cumbres and Toltec shop where they give each engine a once-over before sending it out for another passenger excursion over the mountains.  Number 488 (shown here) had just been moved into the shops and the mechanics were starting to do their maintenance.

The RV park where we were staying was right next door to the train yard.  We had just pulled into Chama an hour earlier .  As we were getting settled in, we heard the unmistakeable whistle from a steam train.  Dad and I hustled over to the yard and I started taking night pictures of this engine and several others.  Normally, night pictures are best about 30 minutes after sunset – this was about three hours after sunset.  We made do with very long exposures, selectively lighting things with a lantern, and getting shots in the lighted area of the shop.

Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40 f/4L @ 40mm  ISO 100, f/9, 13 sec.

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  1. T3 Imagery » Blog Archive » Late Night Maintenance on the Cumbres and Toltec - April 26, 2010

    […] In this picture, they were just about to move it inside of the shop to start the nightly lubrication needed to keep the old engines in good working order.  A companion picture – my “Jiffy Lube” shot was posted earlier.  It can be found here:  I’d Like Your 29.99 Oil Change Special, Please […]

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