Cumbres Sunset Train
Saturday evenings – July 19th through September 13th
Spend an enjoyable evening in the mountains on a Cumbres Sunset Train! The Cumbres Sunset Train departs Chama on Saturday evenings in July, August, and now into September. Relax to the sounds of a steam-engine pulling its way through the beautiful Rio Chama Valley as the train climbs through the mountains to Cumbres Pass at 10,015 ft.
Dinner is served in our newly built pavilion at the historic Cumbres Depot.
Enjoy live music and cool Saturday evenings. During your excursion, view the spectacular sunsets that only the Rocky Mountains can bring! And watch out for the Cresco Gang!
Please note: We’ve heard tales that the notorious dastardly Cresco gang may be rollin’ through town July 19th, August 16th and August 30th when the Marshall is planning to carry precious loads on the train. So, hold on to your fine ladies and your wallets, gentlemen.
Bring your camera, fresh batteries, and take some rare evening photographs of your train, Trujillo Meadows, and the San Juan Mountains.
COSTUME CONTEST – On August 16 and August 30 Sunset Dinner Trains, passengers are encouraged to dress in period “Turn of the
Century Old West” costumes for our costume contest. Prizes to be awarded!
Antonito, CO & Chama, NM – The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is pleased to announce the 2014 Summer Entertainment Series, Saturdays, July 19 through September 13, 5 – 9 p.m. The romantic and scenic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Sunset Trains traverse some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the southern Rocky Mountains. Sunset Train riders will enjoy the cool, crisp mountain air as the train climbs the 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass. The Sunset Trains include an onboard alcohol service, a scrumptious dinner at the summit of Cumbres Pass, an opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in the West and great music.
“We’ve heard tales that the notorious dastardly Cresco gang may be rollin’ through town July 19, August 16 and August 30 when the Marshall is planning to carrying precious loads on the train,” says Veronica Bush, Special Events Producer. “So, hold on to your fine ladies and your wallets, gentlemen.”
The 2014 Sunset Dinner Train Entertainment schedule is:
Saturdays, July 19 – Sept. 13, 2014
July 19, Ed Stabler, San Angelo, TX
July 26, DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla, NM
August 2, Bishops 10, Antonito, CO
August 9, Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, CO
August 16, DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla, NM
August 23, Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, CO
August 30 Labor Day Weekend, DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla, NM
September 6, The Syd Master’s Duo, Albuquerque, NM
September 13, Mariachi Rio Grande, Taos, NM
Saturday, July 19, Ed Stabler
Ed Stabler is a singer and guitarist, wellknown for his rich singing voice and smooth, finger-picking guitar style. A Colorado ranch background and the gift of a guitar at age ten got him started singing old cowboy songs early in his life. During the 1960s, he sang in folk clubs and coffee houses and always included cowboy songs with what was then “mainstream” folk music. Ed has recently returned to folk music roots and is reviving many great songs he did years ago. The subject matter of the songs he sings is as broad and varied as his life has been. He has added some blues and old standards to his song bag.
Stabler has been a deputy sheriff, television news anchor, radio DJ, steam locomotive engineer, full-time western musician and is now semi-retired to play a little music and enjoy life. Music is the thread which has held his life together. He was nominated for eight awards in 1996 by the Academy of Western Artists, including Entertainer of the Year. The Western Music Association nominated him for Instrumentalist of the Year in 1997 and 2000. He released a CD of railroad and hobo songs entitled Fast Freight in 2012. He also played guitar on Lorrie Newman Keating’s new CD, In the Booth. In January 2010, Ed and bassist Kelly Henson released their CD, Ed Stabler with Kelly Henson — Wind in the Wire. Ed’s available solo recordings also include: Partner of the Wind (cassette only) and Long Roads, Legends and Lies.
July 26 & August 16, DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla, NM
The famed DJ El Norteño from the Chama Valley will play a mixture of all sorts of regional music.
August 2, Bishops 10, Antonito, CO
Bishops 10 is a rock band from Colorado. The band consists of multi-instrumental and backing vocalist Michele Trujillo, lead vocal and guitarist Mike Trujillo, and percussionist Rennie Stevens. All members sing lead and harmony interchangeably. Their music is primarily classic rock in origin with a slight inflection of blues. The unique style of harmonies reflect the mystic sounds of Lydian and Algerian modes, a musical structure commonly found in the Middle East and Himalayas. www.bishops10.com
August 9 & 23, Jake Vigil, “Bad Attitude” Band, Antonito, CO Country, Southwestern, Classic Rock. Jake is an Engineer for the Cumbres & Toltec scenic Railroad.
Sept 6, The Syd Master’s Duo, Albuquerque, NM
Syd Masters is an award-winning singer and songwriter of traditional western music. He takes pride in keeping the Old West alive through traditional cowboy music and songwriting. Combining classic favorites with colorful songwriting, Master’s melodies branch from his accomplished musicianship, adoration of the mountains and prairies he calls home. He and his Swing Riders are a highly talented, thoroughly funny, good time cowboy band who will inspire many of the Cumbres Sunset riders to dance and sing along.
Masters is the author and recording artist of the official state song of New Mexico and the 2011 AWA Male Vocalist of the Year. The Western Music Association, Academy of Western Artists and The New Mexico Music Industry have nominated him for more than 40 awards over the past 15 years. “Vocalist of the Year,” “Country Song of the Year,” “Best Album,” Best Band,” Most Humorous Song,” and “Best Song” are some of the categories in which he won. The U.S. Department of State named him Cultural Ambassador for his work entertaining the secret service departments of 26 foreign countries in the Diplomatic Security Antiterrorism Assistance Program. Masters has also been in TV commercials and billboards throughout the West as spokesman for the Powerball Lottery Campaign. His original compositions have been used in numerous film productions ranging from documentaries and television broadcasts to the recent Universal Studios motion picture “Paul” where he can also be seen as an actor in the film. http://www.sydmasters.com
September 13, Mariachi Rio Grande, Taos, NM
Nick Branchal is well-known and loved throughout Northern New Mexico for introducing many young people to the world of mariachi music. He founded a program in 1981 in the Taos Municipal Schools. The music Branchal and his band will perform for the Sunset Dinner Train passengers celebrates their Hispanic culture through sharply contrasting sounds, the sweet sounds of the violins against the brilliance of the trumpets, and the deep sound of the guitarron against the crisp, high voice of the vihuel; and the frequent shifting between syncopation and on-beat rhythm. The resulting sound is the heart and soul of Mexico.
Cumbres Sunset Train, Saturdays, 5 – 9 p.m. July 19 through September 13
Entertainment 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Pavilion
Parlor $185 adult, child n/a; Deluxe Tourist $145 adult, $69 child; Coach $99 adult, $49 child
All trains depart from the Chama Depot. The dinner includes prime rib, chicken, or salad.
CUMBRES & TOLTEC INFO: 1.888.286.2737,www.cumbrestoltec.com
INTERVIEWS ON THE CONCERT SERIES: Veronica V. Bush 831-345-4836, Special Events Producer