Doubleheading to Azotea.

snow December 1961. The line west from Chama to Durango dropped down to Willow Creek and then climbed to the Continental Divide near Azotea. Some trains could make it to Azotea with one engine, but doubleheading from Chama to Azotea was common, especially in the winter. From Azotea to Gato the helper would run light ahead of the train. The tank car behind the 488 had been used to fill the cisterns (water supply) at Ignacio and Lumberton on the prior eastbound trip from Durango.