At the end of 1999 and early 2000 I became involved with the Rio Grande Railroad Preservation Corporation that was formed by the Friends of the C&TS to take over management of the railroad when the Commission terminated the prior operators contract.  The C&TS had been run into the ground, with the track, locomotives and passenger rolling stock all needing a lot of attention.  These first few years of the 21st Century were  "interesting times" when a lot of things went wrong, including FRA exerting its regulatory jurisdiction and a threat of forest fire closing the railroad.  But the railroad survived and eventually a new business model evolved with the states contributing substantial funding and the Commission running the railroad directly.  During 2000 and 2001 I spent a lot of time in Chama and this album is something of a catch all for the pictures I took during that time.