Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway - New Mexico! Colorado! New Mexico! Colorado! etc.

We decided to take the train from Chama, NM to Antonito, CO. We checked out the Durango-to-Silverton ride, which also looked good; this one just had more of the loosey-goosey, lucky-ducky atmosphere we wanted. 

The C&T line is narrow-gauge, meaning the track is three feet across. This allowed for tighter turns in the mountains.

Chama is cute, what there is of it. Locals go to Pagosa Springs for big shops.

I had lots of time on this cliff face to take pictures, since we made an emergency stop.

The train crosses the New Mexico-Colorado border eleven times; so will you.

"No one else had the raw garlic crudites?"

We passed by our engine and it's -eer. It's okay - we had two engines going up the hill. 

Volunteers are replacing the foundation.



I'm used to this kind of attention.

I don't mind.

It's not the end yet.
You'll have lunch in Osier, which is not a town. Depending on what you chose at the ticket counter, you'll turn around and go back to Chama or Antonito, or you'll continue on to the other terminus and return by bus. Your ticket will cost $95, and they will offer you AAA or veteran's discount. 

I took pictures of Toltec Gorge, but couldn't begin to do it justice. I'd be darning it with faint praise.

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Anonymous said...

Great photos, as always! We're in Wyoming; SO GLAD to be back in the West! After doing Durango-Silverton numerous times, we really need to do this one, too.

intrepid-decrepit-traveler said...

So, Roxanne, IYHO, is the train ride worth the ninety-five bux? Did you have enjoy it, have fun, like the accommodations, etc., etc.? Your pictures do it pretty good justice. Initially wondered how you were able to get pics high above the train if you were IN the train. Now I know.

Good Luck Duck said...

Nickie, I would say "yes." It's a full day of Wow! The accommodations aren't much - you can sit on a seat in an enclosed car if you like, and open your window for beautiful views if you'd rather not be outside in the open car. There is coffee available. There are fancier seats if you want to pay another $40, but we just felt like we'd rather be outdoors anyway.

Renee, I'll do the Durango-Silverton trip for sure, but this was pretty great.

Contessa said...

Wow! Thanks for the ride.

Good Luck Duck said...

All aboard, Contessa!

Al Christensen said...

How did you get the photos of the train at the top of the blog? Did they do several drive-bys for you, or did you have an extra long selfie stick?

Anonymous said...

I loved all of the pictures, so pretty.

Good Luck Duck said...

Al, the very first pic was taken from aboard when the train took a sharp turn. The one below it was taken another day when we were trainchasing.

Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Anon!

Jodee Gravel said...

Did the Silverton and loved it, will definitely do this one! I'll be sure not to mention your name so we don't get mobbed :-) That pic of the big azure sky with the bands of gray brush underneath is magic!

Good Luck Duck said...

Jodee, it's best you don't mention my name for, um ... the paparazzi. Right, that's why.

JO said...


Anonymous said...

I stayed at a little RV park in Chama a few years ago for two nights. It VERY quickly became obvious that all the RV park guests walked down to the spot where the train passed by, so they could wave to the passengers on the train. I obediently followed and waved.
Eileen in Phoenix

Pam said...

You got some great photos, but I'll have to say my favorite is of the tired little boy!