Watch the Cumbres & Toltec Rotary OY in operation for the first time since 1997! In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Rio Grande Rotary OY was brought back to life for an exciting two-day event, plowing snow between Chama, New Mexico and the summit of Cumbres Pass in Colorado. The two-day event kicked off on February 29th with the rotary working between Chama and the New Mexico/Colorado state line, followed by a rare nighttime photo session.
On March 1st, the OY battled icy drifts around Windy Point to the 10,015-foot summit of Cumbres Pass. Two K-36 Class Mikados number 487 and 484 put on a great show of brute force against gravity lugging the OY and its classic snowplow train up the 4% grade. The San Juan Mountains thundered in a continuous eruption of steam, snow, and smoke!
Narration is limited so you can enjoy the sight (and sound) of classic Rio Grande narrow gauge equipment working in the dead of winter. If you weren’t able to see this event in person, this program is the next best thing!
Shot in beautiful HDR 4K!
1 Hour 25 Minutes
Rotary OY is readied in the yard at Chama, New Mexico.
An unlucky snowman is about to become a slushy.
Getting to the serious business of busting snow.
The rotary makes a nice arc of white as it climbs toward Dalton.
A rare night photo session by the coal tipple.
K-36 Number 487 slips her drivers shoving the OY up the 4% grade.
Reaching Highway 17 at the summit of Cumbres Pass.
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