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We begin this series with engine 487 at Chama, NM on August 18, 1981. This is the engine that will power today's eastbound train to Antonito. The engine is being prepared for the run and the steep climb up the mountain. The elevation here is 7,863ft and the train will climb to the top of Cumbres Pass at 10,015ft. First order of business is getting the clinkers out of the firebox at the ash pit. Disk 36