Howard Bunté--a volunteer every summer since 1987--prepares the interior of a coach for painting. Photo: Tom Cardin.
The Friends is a member-based, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic assets of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Volunteer opportunities come in several forms.
  • Work Sessions. The focal point of the Friends’ activities are six week-long work sessions conducted annually at different locations along the railroad. While the projects change from year-to-year, many of them are mult-year efforts. Others, such as painting and lettering historic rolling stock, are annual fixtures. For more information, visit the work sessions page.
  • Docent Program. The Friends maintains an active docent program, which includes conducting tours in the Chama yard, and staffing the passenger trains. For more information, visit the docent program page.
  • Colorado Springs Restoration Facility. The Friends maintains a restoration facility in Colorado Springs. For information about the work undertaken at Colorado Springs, contact Jerry Sahnd at
  • Albuquerque Office. The Friends office in Albuquerque an an on-going need for volunteers to assist in the day-to-day operation of the Friends, and for adminstrative and clerical support. If you can help, even on a limited, part-time basis, contact Tim Tennant at