Tour #1: Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

Sunday, June 23, 5:30 AM – 9:30 PM Tour Price:  a) Coach $189 ADULTS 
 b) Tourist $239 ADULT 
 c) Parlor $269 ADULTS ONLY 
 d) Coach $147 CHILDREN (Ages 2-12) 
 e) Tourist $172 CHILDREN (Ages 2-12) 

The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is a narrow gauge 1880’s railroad running along the border between New Mexico and Colorado. We will travel by motorcoach to Antonito, NM, where we will board the train to Chama, N.M. We will enjoy the beautiful scenery as we travel through the mountains of Northern New Mexico.For lunch we stop in Osier, Colorado for a wonderful homemade lunch served cafeteria style. Enjoy touring around historic Osier before re-boarding our train and continuing on to Chama, N.M. Once we arrive in Chama we can check out the railyards and rolling stock before boarding the bus for our return trip to Albuquerque. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Car Options and Classes of ServiceParlor Car

Parlor Car Experience the Victorian era elegance of our meticulously restored Parlor cars – a level of luxury, service, and comfort that once was reserved for such dignitaries as railroad barons and mining kings.

Parlor cars offer lounge style comfort and panoramic windows that open to the unspoiled grandeur of the Authentic West. Personal attendants serve a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, delectable confections, fresh coffee, hot chocolate, and your choice of juices. There are snacks and soft drinks available throughout the afternoon and passengers receive a exclusive souvenirs. Parlor accommodates adults only (21yrs+).

Tourist Car

Tourist Car
Ride into history aboard our newly restored Tourist cars.

Enjoy the elegant setting with extra room and individual seating
for your comfort.

Kids are welcome in this upscale car.

Includes access to the Open-Air Gondola

 

Coach Car

 

 

 

Coach Car
Relax, open your window and take in the fresh Rocky Mountain air.

Our classic Coach cars offer comfortable padded bench seating.

Feel free to move about the train and experience the Open-Air Gondola car.

Includes access to the Open-Air Gondola.

 

 

CTSRR System Map

An Extension of the Rio Grande

The Railroad was originally constructed in 1880 as part of the Rio Grande’s narrow gauge San Juan Extension, which served the silver mining district of the San Juan mountains in southwestern Colorado. The inability to interchange cars with other railroads led the Rio Grande to begin converting its tracks to standard gauge in 1890.

Like all of the Rio Grande routes at the time, it was built to a gauge of 3 feet between the rails, instead of the more common 4 feet, 8½ inches that became standard in the United States.

Stalled by the Silver Mining Bust

However, with the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act in 1893, (which required the U.S government to purchase an additional 4.5 millon ounces of silver per month over the purchase amounts required by the Bland-Allison Act of 1878), and its devastating effect on the silver mining industry, traffic over the San Juan Extension failed to warrant conversion to standard gauge. In the decades that followed, the railroad was mostly stagnant, although its last major upgrades in equipment and infrastructure happened in the 1920s.

A post-World War II natural gas boom brought a brief period of prosperity to the line, but operations dwindled to a trickle in the 1960s. Finally, in 1969 the Interstate Commerce Commission granted the Rio Grande’s request to abandon its remaining narrow gauge main line trackage, thereby ending the last use of steam locomotives in general freight service in the United States.

Saved by the Preservationists

Most of the abandoned track was dismantled soon after the ICC’s decision, but through the combined efforts of an energetic and resourceful group of railway preservationists and local civic interests, the most scenic portion of the line was saved. In 1970, the states of Colorado and New Mexico jointly purchased the track and line-side structures from Antonito to Chama.
The C&TS began hauling tourists the next year.
Nine steam locomotives, over 130 freight and work cars, and the Chama yard and maintenance facility were purchased for $547,120 in 1970. The C&TSRR began hauling tourists the next year.

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One-way Driving time:  2 hours 55 minutes.

Tour includes:  Round-trip motor coach transportation, ticket for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR, breakfast, lunch, dinner and all taxes and gratuities. 

Special Wear:  None

ADA Compliant: 

YES  

11/24/18