The Cumbres & Toltec RR Rotary Plow
The 97 year old OY rotary plow was built in 1923 by the American Locomotive Works.
Supplying the power assist shown here are the former Denver & Rio Grand K-36 Baldwin locomotives #487 and #484.
The “O” was the designation given to all non revenue producing equipment when the line was part of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. At one time, the D&RGW railroad had 26 pieces of 3 foot narrow gauge equipment including wedges, flangers, and rotary plows.
New Mexico and Colorado purchased the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1970 and renamed it the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railraod.
Let us know if you have ever had a chance to take an excursion on the historic railroad. We would love to hear about your experience!