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New Mexico, Chama - Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR Webcams

Chama, NM - The remote mountain village of Chama, New Mexico is the western terminus of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Chama was once a Division Point on the Denver & Rio Grande Western's "San Juan Extension" that ran from Alamosa, Colorado through northern New Mexico to Durango, Colorado. Today, the segment between Chama and Antonito, Colorado has been preserved as the Cumbres & Toltec. This 65-mile-long museum traverses some of the most strikingly beautiful and isolated mountain wilderness on the planet. The railroad yard in Chama boasts the largest collection of Rio Grande railroad equipment in existence. There are usually five or six of the railroad's ten steam locomotives in the yard with one or two under steam.

From the south-facing camera you will be able to see locomotives being readied at the Engine House, cars being switched in the yard, and trains being loaded at the Depot. The north-facing camera affords views of locomotives taking water at the double-spouted tank and getting coal from a front-end loader. Look for deer at dusk and dawn each day. The Depot camera offers an up-close-and-personal view of the equipment and century-old Rio Grande Depot. Tune in each morning for a spectacular Chama sunrise.

Entering Chama is like taking a step back in time to the 1950's when the railroad still operated as a common carrier. In fact, the D&RGW was the last Class I railroad in the country to run steam in regular service. The line was shut down in 1968, but was saved by a dedicated group of volunteers and the states of Colorado and New Mexico. Through decades of hard work and many close calls, the railroad has become one this country's premier historic properties.


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