We took the train from La Veta up to Fir for the Rails and Ales - an annual event that sells out well in advance. You can also take the train from Alamosa to Fir. The two trains depart from their stations and meet kind of in the middle at Fir, where the brewery reps (perhaps 30 or more) have their beer tables set up with lots of samples. The train ride is slow, but the scenery from La Veta is nice (not as flat as coming from Alamosa). Step 1: Getting the train/event tickets: the webpage defaults to Alamosa for the departure. You have to pay attention to get the right departure town (Alamosa or La Veta). The webpage sold tickets for the open car from La Veta but there was not an open car (there was an open car only from Alamosa). This meant a deal for those that bought those less expensive tickets and ended up in a "standard" inside coach. However, an outside car would have been nice for viewing. Step 2: Departure: picking up tickets at Will Call and checking in for the beer fest was easy and organized. An imprinted glass for beer samples was given to each participant. Departure was on time. Step 3: The train ride: (standard coach) Though our tickets had "assigned" seats, you could sit where you wanted in your car. The seats are 2 on each side of the aisle with almost every other row facing forward and every other row facing backward. You sit in groupings of 4, knee to knee. They served beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for a fee. Our cabin guy (Aaron) was quick and constantly checked on us. Step 4: Fir: Fun. Lots of beer samples and a great concert by the Rifters. Very windy this day and dusty. We were coated in dirt. Step 5: The ride home. Rowdy! (all that beer sampling). No alcohol was available on the train ride back (wise). All in all, a very nice day because of the event. Just a train ride might be boring, but a train ride to get to a brew fest with a concert is a fun way to do this trip.
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