The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad have a large collection of historic narrow gauge railroad photos from several collectors and photographers. Most of these photos were taken in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.  Digital copies of the photos are stored in Galleries in

These photos may be viewed or purchased.  When you purchase them, PhotoShelter will send you an email with a link for downloading the photos. Gallery 0 in each collection gives information about the collection and can be purchased for free.

The collections are listed in alphabetical order.

The George Berkstresser (1928-2014) collection is from a former science teacher at Sargent High School in Monte Vista.  His 1,073 photographs were mostly from around Alamosa taken between the mid-1950s to the late 1970s. 

The Richard L. Dorman (1922-2010) collection, our largest, is that collected by a dedicated railfan, model railroader and author.  His 25,000 photographs are from the 1880's to the 1990’s.

The Andrus (Andy) M. Payne (1925-2012) collection was created while he was an engineer working out of Durango on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad.  His 2,270 photographs were taken from 1954 through 1978.

The Russell B. Sperry (b. 1941) collection is from a former high school science teacher at the time these photos were taken, a volunteer on the crew of the American Freedom Train in 1975-76, and later a computer programmer and systems analyst.  191 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.  213 of his photos are from the early days of the C&TS from 1970 through 1975.

Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc.
Wes Pfarner, Photo Collection Manager
4421 McLeod NE, Suite F
Albuquerque, NM 87109-2224
505-880-1311  FAX: 505-856-7543
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