I spotted this exceptional photograph on the O Gauge Magazine forum. It is the work of Erik Lindgren. He is a master of photography and a truly talented modeler who resides in the Denver area. The locomotives were custom built by David Long “Kelly Creek Backshop” Bozeman, MT. He built them for Tom Deats about 15 years ago. He rebuilt them from the ground up contest winning level. One was a Sofue-built model the other Max Gray. They are of same class of ATSF mike but the models represent a spread of 40 years from the models were built.
The grasses are Silfor and some under growth dead and such from various including my own ground up in a food processor the real deal.
I want to thank Erik for sharing his work with us.
Happy (Santa Fe) Trails,