We did an organized tour of Colorado trains, and the Cumbres and Toltec was our favorite for several reasons. The open car offers wonderful views, and the volunteer docent in the open car was very knowledgeable and friendly. Just be sure to wear goggles or something to protect your eyes, though we had less soot on this train than the Durango and Silverton.
Our tour group did not ride the entire route, disembarking past Osier but before arriving at Chama from Antonito. We will remedy that in a month, when we return to do the entire trip with the motorcoach return to the starting point.
Since the scenery from Osier to Chama is supposed to be much better than the part we saw, I am very much looking forward to our second journey on the Cumbres and Toltec.
I agree that this is a secret that you hesitate to share, but since the funding for the train comes in part from the states of Colorado and New Mexico, and is subject to the whims of the politicians, we need to support this great find.
If you even think of trying this train...GO!!!
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