Three freight cars, a caboose, and two business cars are on the Rio Grande Southern wood trestle below Lizard Head Pass in Colorado. The train is being pulled by Denver & Rio Grande Western steam locomotive 452. The engineer is hanging out of the cab. A high hill with scrub growth is in the background.
Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg traveled the entire Rio Grande Southern in two D&RGW business cars to gather material and make pictures for "Mixed Train Daily." As celebrities, they were greeted by school children and teachers at Rico. The title they gave to this image indicates the historical significance they attached to traveling in this way and to the obsolete equipment being used by the railroad.
The smoke plume characteristic of Clegg (and Beebe) photographs gives the image an iconic status. Two individuals peer from the caboose and locomotive, obviously posing for the event. The entire nature of the journey and photographic undertaking was theatrical, and the crew members were playing their parts.