The Commissions mission is to preserve and develop the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, a historical nineteenth century railroad "museum on wheels," for the education, enlightenment and enjoyment of future generations.
FIVE YEAR PLAN
The commission approved a comprehensive five year capital improvement plan at its August 14, 2004 meeting.
Comprehensive 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan (PDF, 396KB)
Leo Schmitz, Executive Director
David Cargo, Commissioner (New Mexico), Chairman
Wayne Quinlan, Commissioner (Colorado)
Carol Salisbury, Commissioner (Colorado)
Carl Turner, Commissioner (New Mexico)
LEO SCHMITZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. Leo Schmitz was named executive director of
the commission in December 2005.
DAVID CARGO, NEW MEXICO, CHAIRMAN. David Cargo was appointed to the commission
by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in 2006. He is a former governor of New Mexico.
WAYNE QUINLAN, COLORADO. Wayne Quinlan is a rancher and developer in the Antonito area and is a graduate
of Colorado State University. Colorado Governor Bill Owens appointed Mr. Quinlan
in February 2003. His appointment to the commission continues a family
tradition. His father, Clarence Quinlan, was a member of the Colorado
legislature for many years and introduced the legislation authorizing the
purchase of the railroad. Clarence Quinlan served on the commission from 1970
until his death in 1987. Following his fathers death, Wayne Quinlan was
appointed to fill the vacancy and served until 2000.
CAROL SALISBURY, COLORADO. Carol lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado with her husband Jack.
She and her husband together started Salisbury and Associates Auctioneers & Appraisers, an auction business, in 1970.
Together they ran the business for twenty years, liquidating businesses for lending institutions,
attorneys and owners. Carol left the business and went to the staff of then U.S. Representative Wayne
Allard in 1991. She served his Senate staff for seven years from 1997, where she served as his
Northern Area Director. She retired December 30, 2004.
Carol is a Colorado native and she and Jack have two children. She attended Colorado State University.
Carol was appointed to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission by Governor Bill Owens to represent
Colorado in January 2000.
CARL TURNER, NEW MEXICO. Carl is a native of Mississippi but has lived most of his life in New
Mexico. After practicing law and serving a term in the New Mexico House of
Representatives, he became associated with the NM Rural Electrification
Cooperative Association, serving as its Executive Director until he retired.
In 1967 he played an active role in the grassroots movement to have New
Mexico and Colorado purchase the railroad from the D&RGW. He previously
served on the C&TS Railroad Commission for many years under appointments
from three gubernatorial administrations. He was replaced in 1995 when Gary
Johnson was elected. He has acted as unpaid lobbyist for the railroad during
all the years both on and off the commission, securing funding for the Osier
dining hall, the rehabilitation of locomotive 463, and the construction of
passenger coaches. In the past three years his experience and know-how has
been directed at obtaining increased state appropriations for bringing
locomotives into compliance with new federal regulations. Carl was reappointed
a commissioner in January 2003.