Rounding Cumbres Loop. A 30-car D&RGW Freight Charter, organized by the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, has just rounded the apex of the Cumbres Loop and is proceeding up the last two-thirds of a mile toward Cumbres Pass. With trains this long (and even longer back in the day), it was quite common for the Engineer and Conductor to signal each other as they passed on adjacent tracks, going in opposite directions.
The looping section of track just east of Cumbres Pass has had a number of names applied to it over the many years this line has been in place. While it was known to the crews as "Cumbres Loop", or "The Balloon Loop", it has become popularly known in recent times as "Tanglefoot Curve."