The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rail Road, 1993

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In 1993, my family traveled to the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Durango and Chama a on family vacation to ride trains. The first stop, the Grand Canyon Railway can be seen at The Grand Canyon Railway. Our next stop for a train ride was Durango to ride on the Durango & Silverton Rail Road. This was on July 4, 1993. Two days later, we rode on the Cumbres & Toltec.

These videos were shot on an old Sony 8 mm analog camcorder and eventually transcribed into DV format with the use of a newer Sony mini-DV camcorder in analog pass through mode. The video was saved as an iMovie project and then exported to .mov files in h.264 format. The original camera didn't have a lot of video resolution so that 320x240 videos show about all the detail that there is to see on the original videos.

You'll have to pardon the shaky video in spots, the cameraman was often distracted by his small children moving about.

Cumbres & Toltec Videos
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A tour of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway Yards 56.2 July 3, 1993
A ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR 118.8 July 4, 1993

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© 2009 George Schreyer
Created Apr 25, 2009
Last Updated April 25, 2009