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Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway

We began our all-day ride on the steam-powered Cumbres and Toltec in Chama in a light rain at 10 a.m.  When we reached Cumbres Pass, elevation 10,015 feet, we were in the clouds.  At Osier, where we were served an all-you-can-eat home-made hot turkey lunch that included some delicious desserts, we switched to the train that started up from Antonito.  As we descended the sky became clearer and the views opened up.  A bus returned us to Chama around 6 p.m.

Built in 1880, the C&TSR is the highest and longest (64 miles) narrow gauge railway in the United States.  Members of the Friends of the C&TSR have lovingly restored numerous buildings and equipment along the route.  The group also provides volunteer docents who are fountains of information about the railway, the train, and the scenery.

What is the engineer looking down at? A speeder pulled  a water tank along behind to douse any stray sparks. The train crosses the Colorado-New Mexico border 11 times.

The Official Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Web Site