The 64 mile 3 foot gauge Cumbres & Toltec Railroad connects Chama in New Mexico over the 10000 feet high Cumbres Pass & runs along the edge of the Toltec Gorge to Antonito in Colorado.
The photographs below are courtesy of Dave Hewitt:
|Chama shed with 3 Baldwin built mikados, 483, 484 & 463|
Ten K-36 class 2-8-2 locos were supplied to the Denver & Rio Grande in 1925, nearly all of which are operational on either the Cumbres & Toltec or the Durango & Silverton. There's some K-36 detail on Wikipedia. 463 is a rarer & older Baldwin K-27 class - see Wikipedia for detail & screen appearances.
|Note several crossings of the state line & the crinkly shape - it's 3' for a reason!|
Head out with Dave below, but for excellent views & map of the journey follow this link.
In 2015 Dave Hewitt followed & photographed the daily train as far as the road allowed:
|The daily 10 am departure from Chama .....|
|..... & leaving town - that snowplow is needed at times|
|K-36 No.489 heads out on the level .....|
|..... before starting the climb - note the scenic open car - for 64 miles!|
|Nearing the summit of the Cumbres Pass|
|Descending the pass|
|Running alongside the road for the last time, blowdown valve open, ......|
|...... before heading off into the wilderness|
|A 1920s freight is presented at Antonito, headed by an ex-Baldwin|
standard gauge 2-8-0, rebuilt as a 3 foot gauge 2-8-2
The photographs above are courtesy of Dave Hewitt
|Follow a detailed map, sites and sights on the Cumbres & Toltec|
The Cumbres & Toltec web contains quite a lot of detail.
The US 3' gauge is covered well on Wikipedia, including the Cumbres & Toltec.
Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec have an interesting website which includes advertising for volunteer work sessions.