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Cumbres & Toltec sidelined by fire danger

By | June 21, 2022

Village of Chama also hit by water emergency

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The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad has delayed the start of its season because of fire danger, while the community of Chama faces a water emergency. (Trains: David Lassen)

CHAMA, N.M. — Facing high fire danger and a water emergency in the village of Chama, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad has delayed the start of its 2022 season to July 1.

The tourist railroad had been scheduled to open its season June 11. A message on the railroad website says the move was made “out of an abundance of caution and in the highest regard for the railroad’s stewardship of the land where we operate. In 50-plus years of operation, the C&TSRR has maintained an excellent fire safety record and established a hard-earned reputation for a proactive and vigorous approach to fire safety.”

Meanwhile, the Albuquerque Journal reports the village of Chama is without water after an apparent break in the community’s main water line. Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Gallegos told the newspaper, “We have no water in our tanks. We need help.” A state-supplied water truck was on hand Monday, allowing residents to fill water containers, but the truck is expected to leave later this week, leaving residents with no water source.

Village councilor Scott Flury said he feared for the health of elderly residents, and the potential impact on the community’s tourism industry. “There’s not a date we can give you to say you’ll have water to resume business,” Flury said. “It’s a scary situation.”






2 thoughts on “Cumbres & Toltec sidelined by fire danger

  1. Ok. Who else read the name of the article and confused the yellow leaves of the trees as flames. Only when I opened the article was it obvious making the photo a great attention-getter.

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