• Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in trouble?

  • General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.
General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.

Moderators: rob216, Miketherailfan

  by trolleyguy
 
Saturday, November 12, 2005

I recently learned that the Rio Grande Railway Preservation Corp (RGRPC), the operating arm of the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, terminated their operating agreement with the C&TS Railroad Commission, effective November 1, 2005. Here is the Friends' news web-site: http://www.cumbrestoltec.org/news.htm, where this news item appeared.

The States of Colorado and New Mexico, which jointly operate the C&TS Railroad Commission, now must find a new operator for the railroad's 2006 season. The reasons for the RGRPC's stepping aside are not stated very clearly on the Friends' web-site, other than mentiion of their inability to obtain adequate liability coverage from the C&TS.

Another factor may help to explain, at least in part, why the RGRPC has stepped aside as the railroad's operator. Take a look at this story, listed under News Briefs and dated Tuesday, January 27, 2004:
http://www.epexperts.com/modules.php?op ... e&sid=1380

If this is true, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad may have taken quite a severe financial hit, and its future could now be in question.