THE CUMBRES AND TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD: THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION STUDY

The narrow-gauge line known today as the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the sole remaining link to a bygone age of railroad history. The 64 miles of track through the San Juan Mountains between Chama, New Mexico, and Antonito, Colorado, is a "living museum"--original rolling stock operating on a route opened in the early 1880s. Built to tap a mining boom, the line underwent hard times beginning with the collapse of silver prices in 1893. In 1967, owners announced plans to abandon it, and citizens and lawmakers became concerned with preserving a functioning steam railroad. Today N.M. and Colorado own the line, which is operated on lease. This book, a comprehensive study of the present opeation of the C&TSRR, inventories of the railroad's buildings and equipment. The text and photographs show the stabilization and restoration that have occurred, while providing plans for conservation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of New Mexico Press

    1312 Basehart Road, SE
    Albuquerque, NM  USA  87106
  • Authors:
    • Wilson, S
    • GLOVER, V J
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: 170 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00335066
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM