Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Announces Opening Day Ceremonies
CHAMA, NM and ANTONITO, COLO….May 14, 2019….The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad will begin its 49th season on May 25, 2019 with authentic, coal-fired steam locomotives departing daily from both Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico. The authentic and historic steam railroad, owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico, will operate until October 20, 2019.
The season will kick off with Opening Day festivities and ceremonies at both the Antonito and Chama Depots. Opening Day features the added thrill of not one, but TWO special double-headed trains, one departing from each station. Trains pulled by two steam engines are extremely rare in the 21st century. Passengers will have the rare thrill of witnessing four steaming locomotives together at the scenic Osier Station lunch stop, half way between both starting points.
Antonito Depot Opening Day Ceremonies, May 25, 2019
Beginning at 8 a.m., there will be live music, coffee and donuts at the Antonito Depot. At 9 a.m., C&TSRR’s Assistant General Manager Stathi Pappas will open the event which will feature blessings from Clyde Vicenti, a spiritual leader from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Father Sergio Robles, priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Antonito, flag raising from the U.S. Marines, traditional colonial dancers and remarks and introductions of state and local dignitaries, including Regional Director Cathy Garcia representing U.S. Senator Cory Gardner. Antonito’s first train of the season will depart at 10 a.m. sharp.
Chama Depot Opening Day Ceremonies, May 25, 2019
Beginning at 8 a.m., there will be patriotic and festive music, coffee and donuts at the Chama Depot. At 9 a.m., C&TSRR’s President/General Manager John Bush will open the event, which will feature blessings from Spiritual Leader Harry Sandoval Jr., of the Navajo Nation and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque and Rev. Dr. Colin Kelly, Vicar of St. Jerome Episcopal Church in Chama, flag raising from the Chama and Pagosa Springs boy scout troop, group songs led by Chris Collins, and remarks and introductions of state and local dignitaries, including U.S. Senator Tom Udall. Chama’s first train of the season will depart at 10 a.m. sharp.