Repairs To Train Trestle Could Cost $2 Million

Chama, NM – It could cost around $2 million to repair a railroad trestle that burned on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad line that runs for 64 miles between New Mexico and Colorado.

Railroad spokesman Nick Quintana says two engineering firms that evaluated the fire-damaged Lobato Trestle agreed it was repairable.

He says the $2 million estimate comes from a preliminary report on a test to see how much weight the trestle could support given the damage from the June fire.

The railroad commission expects a final report Friday.

The Lobato trestle is insured for up to $360,000 with a $50,000 deductible, meaning officials will need about $1.7 million more for repairs.

Quintana says that means asking for help from New Mexico and Colorado, which own the railroad.

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