on September 26, 2010
When I booked the train trip, it was to start in Chama, NM and continue to Antonito, CO. But a fire on one of the tressels reduced the trip from Cumbres Pass to Antonito. It's a shame that I missed out on Windy Point, but the ride was wonderful nonetheless.The journey began in Antonito, Colorado. At the train station there, I watched the locomotive hook-up with the rest of the train. I got caught-up in the excitement of the other passengers boarding the train that I missed the bus that was supposed to take me to Cumbres Pass. The staff was so helpful, that one of them drove me in a company car to the starting point of my ride on the train.The scenery is beautiful, much more than I expected from northern New Mexico. I was thinking of an arid, treeless, greenless landscape. Thank goodness I was wrong! Lots of pinyon and bristlecone pines, and aspen galore along the route, including many small bushes with yellow flowers.I chose to pay extra and sit in the Parlor Car. Great choice! In addition to being served a plateful of fruit in the morning, a flavorful slice of cake was offered in the afternoon. And the volunteers were very informative on what you could see along the way. I had my own window to take photos, and frequently went to the back of the parlor car to watch the railroad ties slip away behind us one by one.After a lunch stop at Osier (really good food and outstanding views), the trip continued on to Antonito. The Toltec Canyon is not to be missed, offering many different views of deep canyons with the valley opening up as we got closer to the end of the ride. Getting closer to Antonito, the landscape changes to the one I imagined - mostly junipers and sage bushes.
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