The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) will begin its 51st season on June 5, running coal-fired steam locomotives from Antonito and Chama, N.M., through Oct. 24.
The historic steam railroad, owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico, will offer all new route schedules. New this year are simplified all-day trips, shorter options and a thrilling, new, once a month special historic consist, the San Juan and New Mexico Express, pulled by the newly refurbished 1883 engine No. 168.
“Because of the pandemic, we simplified our offerings so riders will return to the same station they originated from,” said Eric Mason, Interim CEO of the C&TSRR. “The new schedule makes it easier for passengers on our full-day trains who will now park at either Antonito or Chama, ride the train to Osier, have a delicious lunch stop with panoramic views, and return back to the station where their car is parked. We’re also adding shorter rides, special Friday noon trains and the highly anticipated San Juan and New Mexico Express pulled by historic engine No. 168 and sure to thrill rail fans and history buffs.”
The railroad has been featured in more than 40 motion pictures, including “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” The railroad also has the country’s largest collection of narrow gauge locomotives and cars.
In 2021, passengers must wear masks, however they can still move between cars, ride outdoors on a gondola car, listen to a steam whistle echo down a canyon, enjoy mile after mile of aspen and conifer forest, see wildlife such as elk, deer and sometimes even bear from their seats, or visit the bar and snack car — all at a pleasant top speed of 12 mph.