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For Immediate Release

Monday, February 10, 2014

Chama, N.M. & Antonito, Colo. -- As the U.S. gears up for the Oscars, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, a star in many Academy Award–winning films, announces its 2014 season: Saturday, May 24, through Sunday, October 19. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the highest narrow-gauge steam railroad in the U.S. In its 64-mile route between Chama and Antonito, the train crosses the New Mexico–Colorado state line 11 times, traversing some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the southern Rocky Mountains, including the 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass and the 800-foot-deep Toltec Gorge, from both of which the railroad takes its name.

Remember Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Harrison Ford, Candice Bergen, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, James Coburn, Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, or Sean Connery on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad? All graced the silver screen with their hardest-working costar, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, in such films as "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "The Legend of the Lone Ranger," "Bite the Bullet," "Wyatt Earp," "Butch & Sundance: The Early Days," "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys," and the soon-to-be-released "A Million Ways to Die in the West," directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane.

Riders can experience the authentic West every day, May through October, on the train showcased and beloved by so many filmmakers. The train winds through tunnels and over trestles, and snakes along the Toltec Gorge past waterfalls, mountain forests, and alpine meadows. All trains stop at the historic ghost town of Osier for a hot homemade lunch that includes freshly made desserts. Professional, friendly, well-informed railroaders run all Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad excursions. They are enthusiastic and available to answer questions about the historic train.

Beyond Hollywood, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is loved by historians, railfans, and riders for the authentic experience it provides as an important piece of the history of the American West. Built in 1880 and little changed since then, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the finest, most spectacular example of steam-era mountain railroading in North America.

Cumbres & Toltec riders can choose the Tourist or Coach Cars, or the Victorian-era elegance of the beautiful, mahogany-finished Parlor Cars. Deluxe Tourist Cars provide an upscale family experience in a café setting. The Parlor Car, for riders ages 21 and up, offers a level of luxury, service, and comfort, with attentive and friendly staff. Continental breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks are served throughout the day in the Parlor Car, and each rider will receive a complimentary souvenir pin. The open Gondola Car is available to all riders for unobstructed viewing of the mountains and the abundant wildlife. There are full-service bars in the Parlor, Tourist, and Concession cars.

A special excursion for a romantic, memorable evening in the mountains is the Cumbres Sunset Train. The journey includes live entertainment and dinner in a newly built pavilion at the summit of historic Cumbres Pass. After watching spectacular sunsets from the train, riders can listen to music while enjoying the cool summer evening at 10,015 feet.

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CUMBRES & TOLTEC 2014 SCHEDULE

DAILY EXCURSIONS

Trains depart daily at 10 a.m. from both Chama, N.M., and Antonito, Colo., May 24 through October 19. The round trip is completed by a scenic one-hour drive by deluxe motor coach before or after the rail excursion. Shorter trips are also available.

SUNSET DINNER TRAINS

Trains depart Saturday Evenings at 5pm from Chama, N.M, July 4 through September 13. Dinner is served at Cumbres Pass where live music awaits to entertain and delight. Return to Chama and watch the sunset as train descends slowly. 

CINDER BEAR EXPERIENCE

Exciting news for 2014 is that the Cinder Bear Experience has been expanded to 3 days a week. Starting July 6 and running until August 15. On Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, hop aboard the Cinder Bear Experience cars departing with the Daily Excursion trains from Chama, N.M, at 10am, July 4 through September 13. Return by motor coach to Chama in time for Lunch and a Nap. 

CUMBRES EXPRESS

For those seeking a shorter but still authentic narrow-gauge steam train experience, we are pleased to announce the Cumbres Express. Start in Chama at 10am, return by motor coach to Chama in time for Lunch. Nap optional. July 4 through September 13.

ENGINEER & FIREMAN SCHOOL

The Engineer & Fireman school returns, once again, to the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in 2014. Always sold out, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to fire a working steam locomotive or be the engineer. Graduate from model trains to real-life-size trains in this amazing experience. Spots are filling quickly -- call now to hold your 2014 spot. June through September.

 

LODGING

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The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the highest and longest authentic steam-powered, narrow-gauge railroad in the United States. The passenger railroad travels over its historic road grade between Chama, N.M., and Antonito, Colo., and is jointly owned and operated by New Mexico and Colorado. The railroad was recently designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.

INFO: 1.888.286.2737, www.cumbrestoltec.com 

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Jennifer Marshall
505-231-1776, jennifer@jmarshallplan.com

 


For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 18, 2013

SCENIC BYWAY PROJECT IN THE WORKS FOR COLO AND NM

Antonito, Colo. & Chama, N.M.
– The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad moved closer to establishing a scenic and historic byway along the historic route of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, when the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway Commission voted unanimously to support the project at Tuesday’s commission meeting. A support group is now forming to help with the nomination process and with an inventory of the cultural and scenic resources located along the route. The byway route connects the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Durango & Silverton Railroad, which are the last surviving segments of the original narrow gauge rail route that tapped the mining, logging and ranching industries of the San Juan Mountains.  Both railroads are National Historic Landmarks. The automobile byway will use existing roads that people can drive today.  The anticipated designation date is August 2014.

 

 “Establishing a Denver and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge-themed byway is important as it will help people understand the vital role the railroad played in the development of Northern New Mexico and Southwest Colorado,” says Dan Love, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Commissioner. “Providing the missing link between the two surviving railroads will enhance people’s experience while adding greater appreciation of the West as a significant part of our nation’s heritage. The Chama-Durango route gives the traveler a chance to step back 130 years to a time with no automobiles, when the railroad provided the connections between Chama, Durango and the outside world.”

The proposed 110-mile byway will pass through beautiful wild country along the Navajo River, and through the lands of the Southern Utes and the Jicarilla Apaches. The journey will offer ghost towns, old railroad structures and scenic vistas often with wildlife.  It will also be a popular spot for picturesque drives, biking, motorcycling and provide access to great hiking and fishing.

In New Mexico, the route will go from Chama to Dulce on US Hwy 64 for 44 miles and from Dulce to the state line for 10 miles on Jicarilla 9.  In Colorado, the byway will go from the state line to Navajo Reservoir on Archuleta County Road 500 for 25 miles; from the Reservoir to Ignacio on Colorado State Highway 151 for about 20 miles; from Ignacio to Oxford on Colorado State Hwy 172 for 10 miles and then on to Durango in another 10 miles. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Narrow Gauge Scenic Byway’s goal is to preserve and promote some of the last surviving remnants of the historic narrow gauge route.


Jill Seyfarth, Cultural Resource Planning, Durango, Colo., was appointed May 5 to lead Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Narrow Gauge Scenic Byway project.  The plan will be proposed to both Colorado's and New Mexico's byway commissions with the hopes that they’ll support the venture.  


"I’m honored and thrilled to be hired for this important project,” says Seyfarth.  “I've devoted my professional life to documenting and preserving the historic places that shape our lives like the Cumbres & Toltec. I look forward to helping tell that story for future generations.” 

The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. New Mexico and Colorado each have 25 state-designated byways.  Of the 25 in each state, New Mexico has eight of the 126 Nationally Designated Byways, known as “America’s Byways”, and Colorado has 11. Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has funded 3,174 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.


“We will be conducting an inventory of the historic and scenic qualities of the route, identifying travel needs and requirements and will summarize the findings in a written nomination,” says John Bush, President. “The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad would like to recognize and thank the Durango & Silverton Railroad for their financial support in this important project.  We look forward to working with all interested parties to help us get the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Narrow Gauge Scenic Byway designation established.”

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is jointly owned and operated by New Mexico and Colorado.  The National Park Service recently designated the railroad as a National Historic Landmark.  It is the highest and longest steam-powered, authentic, narrow-gauge railroad in the U.S. The passenger railroad travels over its historic route between Chama, N.M. and Antonito, Colo.


The designation process is rigorous and the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Narrow Gauge Scenic Byway is looking for public support. Jill Seyfarth is organizing a support group, primarily from members of the communities located near the byway who would like to see the byway preserved and promoted, but also of people who support the effort and want to help with inventory and designation.

BYWAY CONTACT:
Jill Seyfarth, 970-247-5893, jillseyfarth@gmail.com
Seyfarth has more than 30 years experience in community planning, history and archaeology.  She has lived in Durango, Colo. and has worked on planning, preservation and archaeological projects in both the public and private sectors there since 1983. Seyfarth also serves on the State of Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board. She has worked on a number of Colorado’s byways and provided training on preservation and ethical promotion of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway.
 
CUMBRES & TOLTEC INFO: 1.888.286.2737, www.cumbrestoltec.com

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CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD TOP VACATION PICK

Chama, N.M. & Antonito, Colo.--- With many options for great summer getaways, a train ride on Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad leads the pack. Riders will experience the authentic West as they pass through New Mexico and Colorado’s most scenic areas on the train. The 2013 Cumbres & Toltec season starts May 25 and runs through Oct. 20, 2013. 

Chama, N.M. & Antonito, Colo.---Families planning summer vacation this year will be happy to learn about Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad's new Kids Ride Free program.  Children between the ages of 2 and 12 will ride free with the purchase of one full price adult ticket. 

Chama, NM & Antonito, Co - March 6, 2013 CUMBRES & TOLTEC TV SPECIAL 
Chama, N.M. & Antonito, CO—New Mexico PBS stations, KENW-3 
(Eastern NM) and KRWG-22 (Southern NM, West TX) will broadcast 
the Emmy award-winning public television special, “Great Scenic 
Railway Journeys: Celebrating North Americas Steam Railways” .

Albuquerque, NM – January 24, 2013 - The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc. has selected Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, in association with Kells + Craig Architects, Inc., as the consultant for the architectural design and pre-engineering work associated with the proposed Chama Roundhouse and Visitor Center (RVC) project. 

CHAMA, NM – Thursday, December 13, 2012 - Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, is pleased to announce the hiring of John Bush as President of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR). Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, is an entity created by the Commission to operate the railroad.  The Commission is the sole member of the LLC and Mr. Bush will report to that member.  Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, took over operation of the C&TSRR in 2012.  

Chama, NM and Antonito, CO – October 18, 2012 – The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, along with the Commissioners and the Friends of the C&TSRR, are pleased to announce the designation of the railroad as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. 

CHAMA, NM – Thursday, December 13, 2012 - Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, is pleased to announce the hiring of John Bush as President of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR). Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, is an entity created by the Commission to operate the railroad. The Commission is the sole member of the LLC and Mr. Bush will report to that member. Cumbres & Toltec Operating LLC, took over operation of the C&TSRR in 2012.