This abandoned railway line started in 1903 as the Santa Fe Central Railroad, and by 1908, it was owned by the New Mexico Central Railway. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad acquired the line in 1926, and then abandoned it in pieces over the next 20 years.
Corona to Willard: This line served as a connection at Torrance, NM from the old New Mexico Central line to the Rock Island line (still intact) off US54 and the Torrance County Road C016/CO13 (about 10 miles north of Corona, NM). This abandoned grade goes west from Torrance (easily visible from the road and in aerial photos) and eventually makes a turn to the northwest and intersect State Road #42 about 10 miles SE of Cedarvale, NM. From there the grade went into Willard, NM (about 30 miles to the northwest). State Road #42 follows the old rail alignment from Cedarvale but there is not much remaining evidence.
Thanks to Dr. James H. Olsen, Jr., PE for contributing information.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway
New Mexico Central Railway
|Docket: AB-52||7/17/1972||Section: 1(18)|
|App. of New Mexico Central Railway Co. for auth. to aband. a line of rr in Torrance County, N.Mex., from MP 0 near Willard to MP 27*5052 ft, at Calvert, approx 28 ft.|
|Length: 27.960 miles||Citation:|
Parts of this grade are still visible between I-25 and the Santa Fe Community College area south of Santa Fe, NM.
A couple of miles west of Galisteo, NM on Santa Fe county road #42 (Camino los Abuelos), the old abandoned NM Central grade that went up to Santa Fe can be seen in addition to the location of the Central's overpass of the main ATSF line (which is still intact) at Kennedy.
Most of the abandoned RR grade is visible from Torrance(south and east of Willard) on the south to Kennedy on the north. Do you have any documentation of those proposed routes for which the grades had been constructed but no track laid: Moriarty north and west to Sandia Park then north and down San Pedro Creek to Hagen (Coal mine town) and from Sandia Park south and west to connect with the grade in Tijeras Canyon from Albuq?
The rails from the 1972 abandonment were later reused at the VLA (Very Large Array) west of Magdalena, NM.
You can still see parts of the proposed line from Moriarty to Sandia Park. Chopped up by development to be sure, but still visible in places.
There will be a community bike ride on Sat., July 7, exploring evidence of the old NMCRR line in Santa Fe from Tomasita's restaurant in the Railyard out to St. Michael's Dr. Another ride may be planned later to explore the alignment from the Arroyo de los Chamisos south. It would be great to have some rail enthusiasts along for the ride, which starts at 9 am, or to meet us at the start and give us their angle on the NMCRR.
Today there are multi-use trails on or along several distinct sections of the old NMCRR in the Santa Fe area, the longest and best preserved of which is Rancho Viejo's "District Trail." (See the Santa Fe Bikeways and Trails Map at http://santafempo.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/MPO_2012_BikewaysTrailsMap_Front.pdf)
For more information about trails and bikeway planning relating to the NMCRR, please see the Santa Fe Metropolitan Bicycle Master Plan, Appendix 7 at http://santafempo.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Appendix_7_Assessment_of_Multi_Use_Trails.pdf or contact me at email@example.com
just got back from a trip coming down (southbound) on NM 41 off of US 285. Grade clearly visible as a fill along a hillside to the west of the hiway south of Galisteo. From there south it can be made out west of the hiway with bridge footings still visible. The Stanley depot foundation is still intact in the center of the village
we used to use those built up sections to sled on as children. now they are all fenced in. i wish they would put in a train from moriarity to alb.