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2023 C&TSRR Project Preview
A preview of the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 2023 work session projects
Take a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad via this PBS Great American Railway Journeys video.
Discover what it means to volunteer with the FRIENDS of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc.
THE C&TSRR is New Mexico True!
The Cumbres & Toltect Railraod was featured in a New Mexico True Episode!
Check out a sampling of the enthusiastic group of dedicated individuals who serve as FRIENDS Volunteers
Take a look at FRIENDS in action, doing what they do best... giving of their time and talents to serve as FRIENDS Volunteers.
Journey back in time to the early days of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad... long before it welcomed guests.
Discover the scenic beauty you’ll experience when you ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.
HISTORICAL PHOTO COLLECTIONS
Our historical photos are comprised of eight (8) separate collections featuring the narrow-gauge railroads of New Mexico and Colorado, with over 30,000 photos. The original photos are in permanent, archival storage, but the digital images are available for viewing and purchasing/downloading. Plus, our searchable database allows you to search each collection for specific photos or photo categories thanks to a group of devoted FRIENDS who have organized, catalogued, reviewed and scanned the original images into a searchable database. You may purchase photos from the collections below directly from http://ngtrainpics.photoshelter.com for $4.95 each. If you are a FRIENDS member, you may purchase the photos for $2.50 each plus shipping by sending us an email with a list of the desired photos to DormanCollection@CumbresToltec.org; we will send the photos on a CD-ROM. If you have questions, please contact Wes Pfarner via the preceding email address or by calling the FRIENDS Office at 505-880-1311. If you have a historical (pre 1970) Colorado or New Mexico narrow gauge railroad photo collection that you would be interested in donating to FRIENDS, please contact Wes Pfarner or Tim Tenant at 505-880-1311 or email DormanCollection@CumbresToltec.org.
Our non-circulating library is located at the FRIENDS office in Albuquerque. We have a wealth of information covering the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Denver & Rio Grande Western. To make arrangements to access the library or request documents please email Library@cumbrestoltec.org.
Click here to Access our Library Database
The late George Berkstresser (1928-2014) was a railfan whose 1,073 photographs, mostly from around Alamosa, were taken between the mid-1950s to the late 1970s.
Richard L. Dorman (1922-2010 ) was a dedicated railroad enthusiast, model railroader and author. His 24,797 photographs are from the 1880's to the present.
Thomas Gildersleeve (b. 1937) is an award- winning California photographer, published in many books. He was notably present for several D&RGW winter freights in the 1960s and has taken many other photographs since then of the C&TS and D&SNG railroads.
Ed Lowrance (d. 2017) took photos on the D&RGW National Park Service Excursion Train at the time there was a movement for NPS to take over the D&RGW narrow gauge for historical reasons.
Andrus (Andy) M. Payne (1925-2012) was a narrow-gauge engineer who worked out of Durango on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. His 2,270 photographs were taken from 1954 through 1978.
The late Ernie Robart (1947-2018) was a dedicated railfan and photographer from Albuquerque. We are currently in the process of cataloging the Western US narrow-gauge railroad images that are part of his 50,000+ railroad photo collection.
Russell Sperry (b. 1941) is a railfan photographer from California who recorded some of the D&RGW narrow gauge operations in the 1960's, including the last freights over Cumbres Pass in August 1968. He has also photographed the C&TS from its early days since 1970.
The photo collection of Gene R. Spence (1947-2011), a model railroader from Albuquerque, consists of 341 photos from the western narrow-gauge lines.
The John Guth Photo Collection consists of approximately 1,300 photos of C&TS snow removal from Chama to Cumbres in the spring of the 1900s.
The Stan Rhine Photo Collection consists of approximately 5,000 photos of structures and equipment of the narrow-gauge railroads in southwest Colorado and Northern New Mexico.
The John Russell Photo Collection consists of 83 photos of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad captured during his visits to Alamosa, CO on three different occasions: August 26, 1958; September 16, 1964; and September 25, 1994, which show the differences in the Alamosa steam locomotive yard over time.
The John West Photo Collection consists of 228 images of narrow gauge on Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, as well as of the Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railroad narrow gauge.
GIFTS & COLLECTIBLES
CINDERS IN MY SOUP COOKBOOK
Enjoy recipes from some great cooks among the FRIENDS of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc.
RAILS ACROSS THE SAN JUAN
Written by John W. Ferrell, this book offers 180 pages of engaging history, featuring photos from the historic Dorman Collection along with current photos from along the San Juan Extension.
315 TO CHAMA
Follow the 315 via video as she pulls a string of gondola cars from Antonito over the 10,000- foot Cumbres Pass and through winding canyons on her way to Chama... and back again!
THE TRAIN TO YESTERDAY
This 54-minute film follows steam-powered narrow-gauge trains as they wind their way through landscape widely untouched and much like the first settlers experienced.
The 2024 Friends Photo Calendar are now available for purchase! Twelve months of full color photos of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The price is $20 which includes postage within the United States. Foreign postage rates are higher so please contact the Friends Albuquerque Office for that cost. Calendars may be ordered online or by calling the Friends Office at 505-880-1311. These make great holiday gifts!
2013 BRONZE COMMEMORATIVE MEDALLION
This stunning Bronze Medallion from the inaugural year of our medallion collection features the D&RGW Baldwin Loco 463 Class K-27 engine.
2013 SILVER COMMEMORATIVE MEDALLION
This .999 Fine Silver Medallion contains 1 Troy Ounce of silver, with only 150 minted. Issued in the inaugural year of our medallion collection, it features the D&RGW Baldwin Loco 463 Class K-27 engine.
Less than half price! (originally $175 )
2014 BRONZE COMMEMORATIVE MEDALLION
Issued in the second year of our commemorative medallion series, this beautiful Bronze Medallion features the Chama Coal Tipple.
2014 SILVER COMMEMORATIVE MEDALLION
This .999 Fine Silver Medallion contains 1 Troy Ounce of silver, with only 150 minted. Issued in the second year of our medallion collection, it features the Chama Coal Tipple and is numbered on the edge at the 6 O’Clock position.
Less than half price! (originally $175 )
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