Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, Announces Hiring of President for Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Contact: Elizabeth Lujan, Marketing Manager
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
500 S. Terrace Ave - Chama, NM 87520
5234 B US Highway 285 - Antonito, CO 81120
(575) 756-2151


December 13, 2012

Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, Announces Hiring of President for Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

CHAMA, NM – Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, is pleased to announce the hiring of John Bush as President of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR). Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, is an entity created by the Commission to operate the railroad. The Commission is the sole member of the LLC and Mr. Bush will report to that member. Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, took over operation of the C&TSRR in 2012.

Mr. Bush is from Colorado and earned his Master’s degree of Anthropology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins and Bachelor of Science-Social Science from Colorado State University. His most recent position was Manager of Railroads, Roaring Camp & Big Trees a tourist, narrow gauge, steam powered railroad and Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific a standard gauge, diesel powered, tourist railroad and was responsible for all aspects of the railroad including operations, shop and track departments. His 25 years experience as an independent railroad consultant includes locomotive restoration, organization management as well as compliance and safety management.

In 1989 John worked at C&TSRR as Assistant General Manager/Chief Mechanical Officer. He was responsible for daily operational decisions and long range planning for all aspects of the railroad. We are delighted to welcome back John and his wife, Veronica to C&TSRR. While living in Chama, Veronica was very involved in the community working as Special Events Director of the Chama Business Association and the Artistic Director of the Chama Valley Music Festival.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is jointly owned and operated by the two states of New Mexico and Colorado. It received it's National Historic Landmark Designation in 2012. It is the highest and longest steam powered, authentic, narrow gauge railroad in the United States. The passenger railroad travels over its historic road grade from Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. The 2013 season will operate May 25 through October 20. For more information contact C&TSRR at 575-756-2151 or visit us at

"The Cumbres and Toltec Railroad welcomes back John Bush." said Peter Foster, Chairman of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission. "Mr. Bush has an exemplary record in his long service to railroads across the country. From his previous work on the Railroad Mr. Bush understands the operation of the Cumbres and Toltec very well. The Commission is excited and is looking forward to working with Mr. Bush in his new position as President of the Railroad."  Added fellow Commissioner Billy Elbrock, "I'm looking forward to working with John and have high hopes for this coming year. John should bring a lot of stability to the Railroad which is something that is needed. With the new President and our renewed Marketing efforts the 2013 season is off to a good start."