D&RGW book suggestion?

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Marty, it runs on steam!
I know there are probably thousands of books on the D&RGW 3-footer lines, but I'm looking for a good reference that pretty much only covers from Chama to Antonito in it's heyday before the abandonment. Any suggestions?


Marty, it runs on steam!
Look at see what the Colorado Rail Annuals have covered.
That turned out to be much harder than it sounds. I did a long google search and found that there is no apparent index to all the books they've done. Besides, they all pretty much large hardbound magazines with various topics. I'm just looking for a book that covers the current Cumbres & Toltec back when it was still D&RGW ran.
Call over to the guys at: http://www.caboosehobbies.com/
always seem to have a pretty diverse library w/ local knowledge
I did that, the guy I talked with didn't seem too keen on helping out, he was looking for me to give him a title he could look up instead. Dead end there.


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Chama/Cumbres: With a little chili (Narrow gauge collection) by Richard L. Dorman (1993)
Rio Grande Narrow Gauge - The Final Years, Alamosa to Chama by Joseph P. Jr & Robart, Ernest W. Hereford (2001)
Rio Grande Narrow Gauge the Final Years by Joseph Hereford

Glen Brewer
D&RGW narrow gauge in the twilight years


Rio Grande Narrow Gauge by John Norwood is a history of the narrow gauge lines out of Alamosa to Silverton, Farmington and Santa Fe.

Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Recollections by John Norwood is stories of his, and a few others, experiences working and living along the DRGW. The late Mr. Norwood started out as a telegrapher (as was his father) for the DRGW in 1937 and worked many of the narrow gauge stations and as a dispatcher. He rose up the ranks in DRGW management, from trainmaster to a vice-president before retirement. (Some of his stories are from other parts of the DRGW narrow gauge, but still very interesting.)

He authored a couple of other books, parts of which touch on the narrow gauge but include the standard gauge as well.

All his books were published by Heimberger House.

If you can find them, they are worth it.


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