Tony & Judy's Four Corners Trip Summer 2010 travel blog

 

Shop in Chama

Chama Station

 

On old RR car

Caboose from days past!

Chama station manager!

One of the railroad hands!

Getting ready to board the bus to Cumbres Pass. Starting point of...

The burned trestle!

Leaving New Mexico

Entering Colorado (Will do this 10 more times on the train)

Train Statiion at Cumbres Pass

On a railroad tie near station at Cumbres Pass (Noticed it accidently...

Our Train

Our Car (Parlor Car, last one on train)

Talking with Bob. He follows the train to make sure no fires...

By the engine

By the coal tender

At the back of our car

 

Hanging out the lanterns. Getting ready to leave

Water Tower along the route

Bob following the train

Inside the Parlor Car

Parlor Car attendant

Osier lunch stop

Osier statiion

At Osier

At Cumbres Pass

Osier Dining Facility

Disembarking to eat lunch

Inside the Dining Hall

Checking out the desserts!

Our train to Antonito, CO.

Bob waiting to follow the southbound train to Cumbres Pass

The Southbound train arriving at Osier

The two trains at Osier

Ready to board for Antonito

Entering Toltec Gorge

Toltec Gorge

Changing States again

Inside Mud Tunnel (One of two tunnels on the route)

Scenery

Scenery

Scenery

Back in the desert. Tracks below as we begin descent to Antonito

Extinct Volcano

Entering Antonito Train Yard

Antonito Station. End of trip except for bus ride back to Chama....


We took the 64 mile Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad that weaves its way from Chama, New Mexico, to Antonito, Colorado, crossing in and out of the two states 10 different times. A lot of the railroad follows the Rio de Los Pinos. Because of a fire on one of the trestles a couple of months ago outside Chama, passengers are now being bused 12 miles north to reach the train’s point of departure at Cumbres Pass. The railroad is America’s longest and highest narrow gauge railroad.

The railroad, the Denver & Rio Grand Railway, was completed at the end of 1880 and was a critical factor in the opening up of northern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado. The railroad was built through the spectacular Toltec Gorge and over the 10,015 foot Cumbres Pass and down a 4% grade into the Chama Valley. It was built to tap the booming mining districts, but as situations changed, it ended passenger service in 1951. It began service as the scenic Cumbres & Toltec railroad in 1970.

The train took us to Osier where lunch was served. An hour or so later we re-boarded the train to Antonito. In Antonito we were met by a bus that brought us back to Chama.

The day was spectacular and the weather was warm and sunny. We were told to bring jackets for the mountains, but we never put them on. There were many beautiful sights along the way. Just a little early for the change of colors, but a few had started.





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