Narrow Gauge to the San Juans
Narrow gauge to the San Juans - Exploring the West's greatest 3'-gauge railroad empire

It was the great age of railroad expansion in the American west. In 1879 the Denver & Rio Grande Railway began building its San Juan Extension.
The Rails pushed west from Alamosa, Colorado, heading for the rich mining districts of the San Juan Mountains. The goal was Silverton, Colorado, and in all, the route would total 245 miles.
D&RG's succesor, the Denver & Rio Grande Western, ran until 1968. Two segments of the line were saved to be operated as historic railroad experiences.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad operates from Antonito, Colorado, to Chama, New Mexico, and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad runs trains between the Colorado towns of its name.
The photos in this book, shot in the 21st Century, document the trains that run over 1,015-foot Cumbres Pass and through the deep Animas River Gorge tp fabled Silverton, Colorado.

By Sam Furukawa, edited and with text and captions from Bob Hayden.
Copyright 2014 Susumu Furukawa.
Published by the Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation.
176 pages, over 200 full-color photographs.
11.25" x 8.75" hardcover, includes a dust jacket.
ISBN: 978-0-9790113-2-0

About the author:
Sam Furukawa is an internationally known railroad photographer and modeler. Retired from a long career at the Microsoft Corporation, he now serves as a professor of Media Design at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and devotes his available time to recording the operations of surviving narrow gauge lines around the world, particularly those in Colorado and New Mexico.
Sam's previous books, Cumbres & Toltec and Durango & Silverton, were enthusiastically received by railroad fans and tourists alike. This new book updates his photographic coverage of both railroads.

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