Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Narrow Gauge Photo Collection
The Friends of the CT&SRR have obtained several narrow gauge Railroad photo collections. These collections are devoted to the narrow gauge railroads of Colorado and New Mexico, comprising some 28,000 images. A group of dedicated volunteers from the Friends have organized, catalogued, reviewed and scanned the original images into a computer system set up just for this project. A searchable database has been compiled which will allow retrieval of desired photographs. The original photos are in permanent, archival storage.
Below are listed the collections currently on the WEB or being uploaded to the WEB. The link for each collection is to the collection catalogs. If a collection is marked as complete, we are continuing to process corrections the catalog information is reviewed by the users and historians.
Berkstresser Collection These photos are from the late George Berkstresser (1928-2014) who was a railfan and science teacher at Sargent High School in Monte Vista. His 1,084 photographs were mostly from around Alamosa and were taken between the mid-1950s to the late 1970s. Work on this collection is in process.
Dorman Collection These photos are from the late Richard L. Dorman (1922-2010), who was a dedicated railfan, model railroader and author. His 24,797 photographs are from the 1880's to the present. This was our first and larsgest of the collections. Work on this collection is complete.
Payne Collection These photos are from the late Andrus (Andy) M. Payne (1925-2012) who was a narrow gauge engineer who worked out of Durango on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. His 2,270 photographs were taken from 1954 through 1978. Work on this collection is complete.
Sperry Collection These photos are from Friends member Russell B. Sperry (b. 1941) who was a high school science teacher at the time these photos were taken. 220 of Russ's photographs are of D&RGW narrow gauge operations in the 1960's - including the last freights over Cumbres Pass in August, 1968. 140 of his photos are from the early days of the C&TS - 1970 through 1975. His collection consists of 1,005 photos. Work on this collection is in process.