A RECENT TRIP ON THE CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD

My wife and I recently attended the annual convention of the UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY held in North Platte, Nebraska. On our return trip, we rode a train operated by the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad located in Chama, New Mexico. The railroad runs from Chama to Antonito, Colorado using a sixty four mile segment of the now defunct Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. This remaining segment is noted for its spectacular vistas and steep 4 % grades. The steep grades make for a loud and sustained cacophony of “stack music” all the way up to the highest point at Cumbres Pass (10015  ft,). The scenery is varied and grand and never leaves one bored. Without exception our fellow passengers were interesting and friendly, even the many children of all ages.

I have been an active rail-fan since the time I was about eight years old ( 1940). In all these years I have never found a better place to satisfy my interest in all aspects of railroading. Steam locomotives, cinders, coal smoke, grease and grime aplenty; what more does one need? One other thing, The opportunities for photography are superb as I hope my photographs of our trip show.

About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.
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