Ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad

We ate at the Box Car Café in Chama, NM as the sun was coming up. John watched the activity of the steam engines while I went back to our room and wrote about pictures I took the day before.

We traveled on that tourist railroad as we’ve never traveled before. Instead of seats as in a school bus, John and I had a table to ourselves.

John at our table in the rail car
John at our table in the rail car

There was a hostess to bring us drinks (non-alcoholic) and snacks.

Hostess in aisle of our car
Hostess in aisle of our car

We had access to a gondola where we could stand outside to absorb lots of black smoke. You realize, of course, that inhaling that smoke adds tremendously to the train experience. Yes, I’m sure there are some that get high on it, no names mentioned.

John in he gondola as the train started up the mountain
John in he gondola as the train started up the mountain

The most modern thing about this ride was watching the drone take photos of us. A train buff in a car sent the drone at several spots.  I didn’t get a photo of the drone, but I did take one of train buffs watching us.  A road came near the railroad in many spots, and there were always cars parked to watch the steam engines.  The people jumped out of their cars, snapped photos, and rushed to the next viewing spot.

Train enthusiasts at a crossing
Train enthusiasts at a crossing

Our car was toward the end of the train, so we had good views of the engines when there was a curve.

Engines seen from the end of the train
Engines seen from the end of the train

We had lovely views of the mountains, a huge dinner included in the price, and a souvenir travel mug. The real bonus was a lovely day when a nasty one had been predicted.

2 thoughts on “Ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad

  1. What a fascinating story! And I can personally relate since we took a similar train in Arizona called the Verde Canyon Railroad. A great way to see the terrain and history of an area, and to experience the wonder of travelling by rail. Your photos are terrific!

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