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Re: Cumbres Track Layout before the new Highway and Parking Area

September 15, 2020 06:30PM
In the summer of 1967 the area just north of the Cumbres section house looked quite different from today. The road still crossed the railroad under the wooden trestle on the south (RR west) side, the long siding still connected to the main by the section house, and the green meadow gave the whole area a pastoral look. Not only that, but this day the scenery was enhanced by the crew of 498's work train preparing to spread volcanic cinder ballast on the west side of the pass. The 498 and 484 had brought a Cumbres turn up to the pass in the morning. 498 and crew would work on ballasting a section of soft road bed below Cresco on the way to Chama, while 484 returned light engine. After lunch 498 and 484 would make another turn to Cumbres and continue to Alamosa. June 30, 1967, was one of those magical days on the narrow gauge, at least for the chasing rail fans.

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An in-between photo by Ernie Robart , is shown on page 81 of "The Final Years, Alamosa to Chama" and shows 484 exiting the snow shed after turning on the wye, and after 498 set out the empty drop bottom gon from the work train.



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