The Commission’s 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.


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 father’s 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.