Banquet, steam charters highlight C&TS Friends’ 30th year

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Denver & Rio Grande Western 2-8-0 No. 315 operates on a photo charter on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in June 2017.
Don Atkinson; Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
CHAMA, N.M. — The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad are celebrating their 30th anniversary year with a spring banquet this month and chartered steam mixed trains in June.

Scheduled to haul the charters is Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 315, a C-18 class 2-8-0 built by Baldwin in 1895 for Colorado’s narrow gauge Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad. No. 315 has operated on the C&TS since late in the 2016 season and is on loan from the Durango Historical Railroad Society through the 2022.

C&TS shops forces are then to perform the major 15-year Federal Railroad Administration inspection and maintenance on the locomotive.

The March 16 banquet at an Albuquerque, N.M., hotel and conference center features as guest speaker Trains Editor Jim Wrinn. His pursuit of steam makes him familiar with northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Banquet tickets are $47 with reservations due by March 12.

The freight charter carded for June 2 runs from Antonito, Colo., to Cumbres, high point of the 64-mile C&TS line to Chama, N.M. The train returns to Antonito on June 3. Motor coaches will return passengers to Antonito the first day and ferry them to Cumbres on the second.

Seating on what is expected to be a 10-car mixed train is limited to 45 passengers who can book one leg or both days. The fare is $235 each day for Friends members and $285 each day for the public.

More information is available online.
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