Las Vegas to Montezuma

The Hot Springs Branch

The abandoned railroad route between Las Vegas and Montezuma, known as The Hot Springs Branch, of which 5.4 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in New Mexico by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: 11381 Date: 10/12/1936 Section: 1
App. of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway for authority to abandon a line of railroad beginning at a point on the Hot Springs Branch of its line approximately 3.7 miles northwest of its junction with the main line near Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico, thence in a general northwesterly direction to the end of said branch line near Montezuma College, a distance of 5.4 miles, all in San Miguel County, New Mexico.
Length: 5.4 miles Citation: 221 ICC 449  

I once lived near Montezuma. Nearly the entire length of the rail bed from Las Vegas was converted to (automobile) roads. The rail line extended about a mile from the village of Montezuma (past the Montezuma Castle which was across the Gallinas River) to the ice pond and icehouse (for refrigerated rail cars). This section of the rail bed (including a bridge) was also converted to a roadway (now abandoned). The geology along this road cut is amazing! The pond was used for ice skating for many years (into the 1980, at least), but the part-wood structure was replaced with a lower dam. The ice house stood into the 1980s (at least).

Tor Bejnar
Tallahassee, FL


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