Tickets for the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
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A Brief Railroad History of the San Juan Extension
The track over which the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad runs was originally built by the Denver and Rio Grande out of Denver, Colorado. After reaching Alamosa, its tracks headed south toward Antonito, then west into the mountains, reaching Chama, New Mexico in 1880 with its intended destination Durango and Silverton, Colorado, 107 and 152 miles away, being reached by the year 1882.
By 1970, with daily passenger business terminated and car loading falling off in favor of motor trucks, the line was abandoned and the rails removed west of Chama to Carbon Jet and south to Farmington, New Mexico.
Through the combined efforts of the State of Colorado and the State of New Mexico and many faithful rail fans, the narrow gauge portion between Antonito, Colorado to Chama, New Mexico was saved for future generations to enjoy.
When you are up in the high passes and the clatter of the rail joints lull your mind, think of all the people, and all their reasons for traveling, that have gone this way before. In one hundred years, that’s a lot of reasons.