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The Rio Grande had about 440 miles of narrow gauge rail in 1955. Today there are just two segments left. One line is operated by the Durango & Silverton and the other by the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic. This video is filled with special trains on these two railroads.
We turn the clock back 60 years with our first special. Engine 478 puts on a great show in the Winter of 1999 for the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club. The whole train is decked out in authentic Rio Grande lettering for the 1950s.
We turn the clock back 135 years with the Eureka & Palisade No. 4. The engine has been lovingly restored to its original appearance when it was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1875. The engine came to Durango for the filming of a PBS documentary.
The high point for Cumbres & Toltec Scenic is Cumbres Pass at 10,015 feet above sea level. The grade out of Chama is a stiff four percent and it takes lots of power to get trains to the top. Normally the trains are short enough that one engine can handle the load, but on special occasions two and sometimes three engines are used. We follow three different double headers out of Chama, NM. The last special is one of the longest ever assembled on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic with three engines and a 32 car train.
Narration is kept to a minimum. On screen graphics identify the major points on the railroad with the milepost location and occasionally the elevation.