Railroad gets help after trestle fire
July 26, 2010
CHAMA, N.M. (AP) – Businesses in the Chama area are pitching in to help the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad after a fire damaged one of its historic trestles.The president of the railroad’s management company, Elmer Salazar, says it’s encouraging that the business community is stepping up to help the train past what he called a rough spot.The railroad was forced to move its operations a few miles up the line after a fire damaged the Lobato Trestle in June. Engineers have said the trestle may have to be replaced.The Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad have pledged $20,000 to the Lobato Trestle Fund. Other donors include the Rio Grande Railroad Preservation Corporation, The Lodge at Chama and the Quinlan Ranch.New Mexico and Colorado jointly own the tourist railroad.