Cumbres & Toltec In the News
2018 MEDIA COVERAGE
January 3, 2018
There is nothing quite so romantic as a steam train — the sound of a steam whistle echoing off the mountains, the huge plumes of smoke billowing in the air, the chug-chug-chug as the pistons hiss and steam, the clickity-clack of the wheels as they roll over the points, the cars swaying back and forth.
2017 MEDIA COVERAGE
April 3, 2017
7 of the World’s Most Stunning and Scenic Train Rides
The 10,015-foot-tall Cumbres Pass in Colorado is the highest mountain pass accessible via rail in the United States. And that’s just part of the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, first operated in 1880 as an extension to the Rio Grande Railroad.
June 18, 2017
Steam Train Trips: The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
“Long time readers of this blog know that my kids and I are fans of old steam trains. I thought that, as the kids get older, they would lose interest in steam train trips. Hellsfire! I’ve got a teenager now! But no. In fact, they still love the steam train trips.”
July 24, 2017
Want to Drive a Steam Train?
In the thick of swirling plumes of coal-fired smoke and greasy engine parts, 11 men, mostly middle-aged and clad in blue overalls and steel-toed boots, are getting ready for a day of class. Everyone’s standing in the tiny rail village of Chama, New Mexico, gazing at clanging, heaving locomotives.
October 1, 2017
All Aboard the Last Authentic Steam Railroad
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, in Chama, N.M., operates one of America’s last steam trains. With its coal-powered steam engines and a top speed of 20 mph, this train isn’t going to win any races. It might, however, take your breath away as it crawls through some of the country’s most stunning scenery.
October 12, 2017
Chugging into the Past: The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
The rhythmic sound of wheels hitting rail is loud, but strangely soothing. We’re aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, and the route has taken us across open prairie and up into the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
October 17, 2017
8 Ridiculously Charming Train Rides to Take This Fall
More than spring and summer, autumn is a cheap time of year to take a trip for the pure scenery of it. From Napa Valley to New England, you can find plenty of rail trails that make for a prime leaf peeping getaway.
November 6, 2017
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s Santa Train collecting toys, food items for Toys for Tots, food bank
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) will once again be running Christmas Santa trains to collect food and toys to distribute to those in need in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.
2016 MEDIA COVERAGE
April 28, 2016
Your Opportunity to Drive a Train Through Hollywood History
The train scenes in 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” were filmed on the Western tracks of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.
June 6, 2016
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Review
Two long whistle signals announce the release of train brakes. The locomotive chugs forward with telltale clouds of smoke spewing from a sooty stack. Ever so methodically, the engine puffs away, turning hot-fired coal into harnessed steam energy.
September 1, 2016
Do the Locomotion
“From this point on, it’s 1880. You’ve gotten on a time machine and you’re going to be on it until we get to Chama.” With that, John Bush, president of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, settles into the open-air gondola car heading west in the morning chill.
September 1, 2016
Consider letting another driver—specifically, a railroad engineer—guide you through aspen stands so intense you’ll need sunglasses. Several railroads in Colorado take you on rides that not only display great color, but reveal colorful history as well.
September 22, 2016
Fall Leaf-Peeping for Lazy People
When the trees take on fall colors, leaf peepers jam the roads. That’s when a drive to see the leaves turn scarlet, gold and pumpkin-orange becomes as stressful as your daily commute. Your outing can be a lot more peaceful and fun when you opt for a lazy way to see fall foliage.
2015 MEDIA COVERAGE
USA Today, July 2, 2015
Rail Fan Fantasy
Hands sweating in borrowed leather gloves, I slowly ease the oversized brass lever toward me with an odd-sounding combination of brute strength and finesse. Ronnie Lopez nods encouragingly. “Just a little more,” he says, his own gloved hand ready to grab the hot metal control if I mess up.