The Cerrillos Coal Line
— ICC Abandonment Filings —
|Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway|
|Docket: 21176||6/17/1960||Section: 1(18)|
|App. for auth. to abandon a line of railroad and operation thereof, known as the "Cerrillos Coal Line" or "Waldo Track No. 2" extdg. from M.P. 0+I740 ft., a point on said Track No 2 at Waldo to Madrid, a total length of approx. 5 mi., all in Santa Fe County, New Mex.|
|Length: 5.000 miles||Citation:|
— User Comments —
Coal coking ovens had been built at Waldo along with a rail spur to the coal mining town of Madrid to the south. The mines closed in the 1940s as the market for the Madrid coal was replaced by diesel locomotive engines and other sources of coal.
There are still some visible portions of this grade, but the property is private; additional grades can be observed from State Road #14 south of Madrid, up along the canyon walls to the east of the highway.
The original, shorter line went to Rogersville, Madrid's predecessor to the north (No relation to me). It can be seen on aerials and found on the ground on private land.