Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Compact
|Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Compact|
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a 64-mile portion of the former Denver & Rio Grande railroad system that used to run from Santa Fe to Denver. It was originally built in 1880 and is considered today to be the best-preserved steam era railroad, having undergone relatively few changes in its 100+ year history.
In 1960, a group of citizens came together with the governments of Colorado and New Mexico to preserve the history of the railroad. Recognizing the historical significance of the steam locomotive in their region, they saw an opportunity to combine recreation and historical preservation. They converted the nineteenth century railroad into a "museum on wheels," and a little over a decade later, the compact was enacted to avoid future controversy and encourage interstate comity.
The compact created the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission to manage the railroad. It is comprised of four gubernatorially-appointed members; two from each state.
The commission is responsible for the preservation and development of the railroad and for promoting it as an educational tool. The commission has designated the Friends of the Cumbers & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc. as the official museum support group. This group is responsible for:
- interpreting the railroad for the public
- preserving the historic structures of the railroad
- preserving the rolling stock of related material that is not currently used by the operator for passenger train service.
Text of the compact
The legislature of each member state passes the laws with certain modifications, but the core of the legislation remains the same.