Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railroad

 Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railroad

While we were visiting Larry and Betty at Trujillo Meadows CO (read blog posting below this one)
they introduced us to the  Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railroad that travels from Antonito,CO to Chama,NM

Betty, Larry and Chuck at the old railroad station.
This railroad has been in operation since the late 1800's.

Old water tower...
all the train engines are steam engines.

This is the train station where the trains stop and feed all the tourists and volunteer workers! We ate there and YUM! good home cooking!
There  is also a nice gift shop inside.

The next few photos are of the trains we saw while we were there.

Cute kids enjoying their train ride!

Chuck jumped onto the caboose of the Antonito bound train for a quick photo op!

Railroad workers take a break after lunch, waiting for the tourists to board.

The interior of these coaches is old age elegance!

Trains coming and going.

Tourists being tourists!

The wild iris in the foreground made for a good photo of the departing train.
Just a few days after we left Colorado, one of the railroad trestles caught fire and burned! This has put a serious crimp in the tourist trains! The R.R. insurance isn't nearly enough to cover the cost so they are accepting donations to help with repairs. The cause of this fire is unknown, but lightning is suspected.
Hope you enjoyed this visit with the trains!

Happy Trails from Geri, Chuck and our Hound Herd: Scotty, DoogieBowser and Radar!

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