Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

C&TSRR Depot in Chama

The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad runs from Chama NM to Antonito CO on a preserved portion of the old Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.  It is consistently ranked the number one scenic railroad in the United States.  Its 64 miles of unspoiled beauty.  Its narrow gauge railroading at its best.  We love it.

Restored coal tower with approaching steam loco

Restored loco 318 on display

Casual yard atmosphere

Here we go

Our friend Grant Luckhardt is a volunteer on the railroad and joined us for a ride on the entire length of the line from Antonito to Chama.  The train travels across the Colorado prairie into New Mexico, then thru the Mud Tunnel and the Rock Tunnel, into Toltec Gorge, the Los Pinos valley, Tanglefoot Curve,  up and over Cumbres Pass (10,512 feet), around Windy Point and down to Chama.  Every trip includes a lunch stop with a large and varied buffet lunch.

Grant and Randy

The next day we chased the train and we were lucky to find a double-header out of Chama.  When one locomotive isn’t enough to haul the train up to Cumbres Pass another engine is added for that part  of the trip.  We found #464, nicknamed “The Mudhen” coupled with #484 providing the power that day.  This is a real treat!


After Cumbres just the Mudhen

Riding steam trains and chasing steam trains are highlights for any year and 2019 did not disappoint.


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3 Responses to Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

  1. linda ahlgren says:

    Oh my goodness…cue the dee r!!!


  2. Lala says:

    Going to Vancouver in August and want to visit the historic town that you visited there, but can’t remember the name. Please could you send it to me. Many thanks.
    Ian and I always enjoy the blog.


  3. Chris says:

    Yup, the D&RGW, my college room-mate and I experienced the cinders and loved it all. Took train from Denver to Salt Lake and liked the dome car for the spectacular scenery!


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