The highest, longest and most authentic narrow gauge steam railroad in North America will be gearing up this holiday season to offer a festive holiday experience sure to delight all ages. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad will offer Holiday Express Trains from Chama, NM on Dec. 2 and 3, and Antonito, Colo. on Dec. 9 and 10.
Fares are $20 for adults, $10 for children 2-12, and under 2 are free. The ride will last 45 minutes to one hour and departure times are 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm. To ride the train, it is suggested that everyone bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item, which will be collected for local nonprofits.
Once on board, what a holiday experience! There will be bells clanging, whistles and billowing clouds of steam in the wintry air as locomotives huff and puff their way through forests of snowy evergreens and across high mountain plains to create a holiday dream that your family will never forget. Hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes will be served in the stations, while Cinder Bear, elves, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with kids.
Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made at www.cumbrestoltec.com. Holiday Express Trains will run the first two weekends in December. Chama departures are scheduled for Dec. 2 and 3 and coincide with the village’s “Christmas in the Mountains” festival, featuring the third Annual Tree Lighting spectacle, a Christmas Stroll around the historic railroading town and visits with Santa Claus. The Antonito departures are scheduled for Dec. 9 and 10.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) is a non-profit operation, owned by the states of New Mexico and Colorado, to preserve the historic experience of riding a narrow gauge steam train. At one point, there were more than 2,000 narrow gauge tracks burrowing through tunnels, crossing raging rivers over trestles and cutting through the forests of the Rocky Mountains to connect cities and towns in the two states to rich mining camps.
ABOUT CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad follows the original 64-miles of tracks first laid down in 1880, crossing the borders of Colorado and New Mexico 11 times, as it skirts along canyon walls through Toltec Gorge, burrows through tunnels, steams over Cascade Trestle (137-feet above a roaring river), and climbs to the top of 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass, the highest point reached by any steam railroad in North America. Traveling on the train provides the most authentic look at steam railroading in the 1880s. To book your trip and for complete information, visit: www.cumbrestoltec.com or call 1-888-286-2737.