Two capital campaigns have been completed under the banner "Another Century of Narrow Gauge Steam". These efforts have resulted in over $1.7 million raised to support our mission to restore, preserve and interpret the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. We have also obtained an additional $1 million + from foundations and government agencies.
With these funds our volunteers have restored countless historic freight cars, classic passenger cars, maintenance of way equipment, trackside structures dating back to the 1880s and the iconic steam locomotive 463. In addition a Master Interpretive Plan for the entire 64 mile line has been developed and exhibit designs have been created for visitor experience enhancement and a future visitor center and museum. While these are commendable accomplishments, there is much to be done!
Now is the time to concentrate our development efforts on supporting the more intensive restoration work needed to preserve/restore the C&TS RR's unique assets and providing for the basic operating funds to support these projects.
Basic Operating Funds
In order to meet the challenges of an organization committed to support our volunteer efforts, monies are needed to cover the supplies and materials for the work sessions, the maintenance of the priceless Dorman historic photo collection, and a variety of administrative expenses. To fulfill this need, the Friends Board of Directors and management have instituted actions to increase:
Charitable Foundation Support
The Friends Project and Interpretation Committees have identified current and future efforts which will require funding support. It is our intention to solicit donations from individuals, foundations and businesses that are passionate about preserving the Denver & Rio Grande narrow gauge legacy. Projects will be defined in scope with cost estimates and schedules. Supporters will be given the opportunity to donate to the categories that interest them the most: Enhanced Interpretation to further engage visitors to the importance of this Narrow Gauge Railroad and its role in shaping America, Work Session Support so that Friends volunteers can complete the work each summer, Major Restoration Projects to ensure that our many multi-year, large restoration projects will continue to completion and General Operating Support that allow us to meet our daily operation expenses and position us to take advantage of unanticipated opportunities such as acquiring unique rolling stock or reaching new, potential members.
The link below will take you to our most recent brouchure that outlines our vision for supporting the short and long term restoration, interpretation and operating requirements to continue the preservation of this National Historic Landmark.
The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Unless noted, photos are courtesy of the FCTSRR Chroniclers