Cumbres & Toltec In the News
2020 MEDIA COVERAGE
July 5, 2020
After being closed during the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of scenic train rides have once again given the “all aboard!”
New Mexico Magazine
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s president relishes train travel’s storied past.
It’s not easy to stop a locomotive. The coronavirus did a pretty effective job of sidetracking the 50th anniversary runs of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which were scheduled to start on Memorial Day weekend, but the virus failed to derail the historic railroad’s golden year.
2019 MEDIA COVERAGE
November 23, 2019
CBS This Morning
A train that brought settlers and prospectors through the American frontier almost a century and a half ago is still chugging along, taking railroad enthusiasts and fascinated tourists on a unique journey through the American west. Barry Petersen learned how the passion of a few people helped the railroad survive.
May 31, 2019
Readers choose New Mexico/Colorado railroad as the best
Readers choose New Mexico/Colorado railroad as the best
Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination. Such is the case for passengers who step aboard these 10 American trains – nominated by a panel of travel experts and voted by 10Best readers as the best in North America.
- Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
- Strasburg Rail Road
- Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Capitol Corridor
- Cape Cod Central Railroad
- Rocky Mountaineer
- White Pass & Yukon Route Railway
- Mount Washington Cog Railway
- Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic
- Cass Scenic Railroad
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.
Congratulations to all these winning trains!
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.
April 17, 2018
Go Nomad Travel Blog
Fans of old-style steam locomotive trains should not miss a ride on the Cumbres and Toltec two hours north of Santa Fe. Climb aboard and smell the coal burning and hear the old steam whistle.
May 21, 2018
Fox21 News, Colorado Springs
About three hours southwest of Colorado Springs, just north of the New Mexico border, is a tiny town called Antonito. There, you can hitch a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the nation’s highest, longest and most authentic steam railroad.
Fall in love with train travel on the Cumbres & Toltec 4th of July Dinner Train, a five-hour sunset ride along the Colorado-New Mexico state line. Don your star-spangled best and hop on this 1800s steam locomotive for an evening that includes dinner at 10,000 feet, a patriotic clothing contest, and epic scenery.
As the two billowing plumes, one white, one black, shot up into the air with loud hisses, we all oohed and aaahed. Our six-hour journey on the longest and highest narrow gauge steam railroad in the United States was just beginning.
Good Day New Mexico (KOB-Albuquerque)
Khalil sits down with John Bush President of Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.
Take in the view from the comfort of this locomotive, which chugs past the wildflower-speckled alpine meadows surrounding Cumbres Pass—the highest pass (10,015 feet) crossed by rail in the country.
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.