Crews worked throughout Wednesday to prepare historic Steam Locomotive #168 for transport to its new home on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.
The railroad company, which runs a line between Antonio, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico, will lease the 1883 train for up to 45 years while it is restored to operating condition.
It will then operate on the railroad’s 64-mile stretch of track, which is the last surviving portion of the narrow gauge rail line operated by Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. The lease agreement requires that #168 retain its National Register designation and continue to serve as a memorial to Gen. William Jackson Palmer, the visionary that founded both Colorado Springs and the Denver & Rio Grande.
The locomotive has been on display in Antlers Park since 1938, after retiring from service five years earlier.