Cumbres & Toltec Scenic 2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives in the USA

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The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a narrow-gauge (36") railroad that was originally the San Juan Extension of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. This section was built in 1880 and today it is both a railroad museum and a Registered Historic Site.

This section of the "Rio Grande" was built to serve the mining camps in the San Juan Mountains. The 36" gauge was chosen so the railroad could make tighter turns in the mountain and to reduce the overall cost of construction in this rugged region. The railroad carried passengers and it hauled mineral ore, timber and livestock as it passed through the Toltec Gorge and over the Cumbres Pass on its way to Chama.

The "Rio Grande" was facing the same economic conditions that effected most railroads in the 1950s. It discontinued passenger service in 1951 and began to scrap both track and equipment. Oil and gas exploration and the discovery of both in the region gave the San Juan Extension a boost in business and service was continues on the "Extension". This boom died out in the 1960s and the line was abandoned in 1967.

In 1970, the State of New Mexico and the State of Colorado bought a portion (Antonito to Chama) of the San Juan Extension. A bi-state commission administers the railroad and leases it to a private operator to maintain the railroad and its structures and equipment. The operator is also responsible for running scheduled tourist train rides. The operator has hired "Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad" to run the railroad and to interpret its history.


Roster by Richard Duley

ClassQty.Road NumbersFrom Other RRYear AcquiredYear BuiltBuilderNotes
K-271463D&RGW19741903Baldwin1
K-361482D&RGW19701925Baldwin2
K-361483D&RGW19701925Baldwin3
K-361484D&RGW19701925Baldwin4
K-361487D&RGW19701925Baldwin5
K-361488D&RGW19701925Baldwin6
K-361489D&RGW19701925Baldwin7
K-371497D&SNG19911930D&RGW8
*Numbers 492, 494 and 495 came to the CT&S from D&RGW in 1970 but are not operational.
Notes
  1. Narrow gauge Number 463. It was sold to Gene Autrey in 1955 from the D&RGW. Autrey donated it to the City of Antonito in 1972. It came to the C&TS in 1974 and was restored to service in the mid 1990s by the CT&S.
  2. Narrow gauge Number 482 from the D&RGW. Current numbers are the same as on the D&RGW. Number 482 traded to the D&SNG for number 497.
  3. Narrow gauge Number 483 from the D&RGW. Current numbers are the same as on the D&RGW. Not operational and is on display
  4. Narrow gauge Number 484 from the D&RGW. Current numbers are the same as on the D&RGW. Operational
  5. Narrow gauge Number 487 from the D&RGW. Current numbers are the same as on the D&RGW. Operational.
  6. Narrow gauge Number 488 from the D&RGW. Current numbers are the same as on the D&RGW. Operational.
  7. Narrow gauge Number 489 from the D&RGW. Current numbers are the same as on the D&RGW. Operational.
  8. Narrow gauge Number 497. C&TS traded number 482 to the D&SNG in exchange for number 497 in 1991. Operational.
Specifications by Richard Duley
Class:K-27K-36K-37
Wheel Arrangement:2-8-22-8-22-8-2
Length:58'-9 5/8"68'-0 ¾"65'-2 15/16"
Drivers:40" dia.44" dia.44" dia.
Weight on Drivers:108,300 lbs.143,850 lbs.148,280 lbs.
Total Locomotive Weight:140,250 lbs.187,100 lbs.187,250 lbs.
Locomotive & Tender Weight:223,550 lbs.286,600 lbs.307,250 lbs.
Grate Area:30.17 sq. ft.40.0 sq. ft.46.6 sq, ft.
Cylinders (dia. x stroke):(2) 17" x 22"(2) 20" x 24"(2) 20" x 24"
Boiler Pressure:200 psi195 psi200 psi
Tractive Effort:27,000 lbs.36,200 lbs.37,100 lbs.
Tender Capacity:
Water:4,100 gals.5,000 gals.6,000 gals.
Coal:8.5 tons9.5 tons9 tons

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