Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Today, we took an hour drive south to Antonito and hopped the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. It wasn’t a cheap excursion but it was fun!

The CTSRR is America’s longest and highest narrow gauge steam railroad. The coal-fired locomotive took us 64 miles from Antoninto, CO to Chama, New Mexico with a stop at Olsier for lunch. We crossed the CO/NM border 11 times. The views were spectacular, especially once you got into the mountains.

Alan had the camera most of the day. This is his equivalent of the flower photo I’m always taking:

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2 thoughts on “Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

  1. We got a tip from a gal at the Pagosa Springs July 4th parade cause we were talking about our trip on the Durango train. She was mentioning the Chama train (which we did last about 25-30 years ago!!) and she said it was best to take from Antonito to Chama as you got the boring stuff outta the way first! HA She also mentioned the chow at Olsier (turkey, meatloaf & something else–what did you eat?). FUN!!

    • I had Turkey and Al had meatloaf – not too bad for cafeteria style. We ate too much!

      It was pretty flat out of Antonito. The best scenery is definitely the second half. We took the train all the way to Chama and the bus back to Antonito. You could turn around at Olsier where they serve lunch but you would miss a lot of great scenery.

      We had a couple of very loud kids in our car after lunch but the rest of the trip was perfect.

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