Kent and Carol - Mobile travel blog

Train Bridge and RV Park on left

The Train

Train working up the Grade - Snowcapped Mts.

Crossing a bridge

View from train

Another View

Approaching Windy Point

View from Windy Point

Crossing another bridge

Two trains at lunch stop

Valley view from train

Train leaving Chama

Drive leaving Chama

Red Rocks

Wednesday, October 11, was the scheduled train ride. Carol did not sleep very well through the night, she was having trouble breathing. We think it was the high altitude that was causing the problem. She was tried but we headed out for the train. It was a GREAT ride. It was a steam engine that was burning coal instead of some type of oil that most steam trains burn. We both enjoyed the train and the scenery. I think it was the best train ride of all the trains we have ridden so far. I took about 95 still pictures and some video also. A good portion of the route goes into Colorado. There was a little snow on the ground at one place, at Cumbres, which is a water stop. We climbed to about 10,000 feet at the highest point. The lunch stop at Osier, Colorado was at a building that was built by the train company just for serving the train. Actually it serves two trains. Another train comes from Antonito, Colorado and both trains meet for lunch and you can either go on to Antonito or return to Chama, which is what we did. The lunch was very good considering they had to feed about 400 people. You had a choice of three lunches; Turkey, Meat Loaf or Soup & Salad, plus drink and choice of dessert. The turkey was real turkey not the pressed turkey you get in school cafeterias. The lunch is included in the price of the train ticket. The trip began at 10:00 am and we returned by 4:15 pm. Again, I must say it was a great ride. We stayed one more night in Chama and again Carol did not sleep well because she was having trouble breathing. Thursday morning I went out to take some pictures of the train as it was leaving town. I was not the only person taking pictures, there are several people who follow the train for several miles up its route. I only went to the first vantage point and then headed back to the RV to pack up and head for Albuquerque. It is about a three and a half hours drive. We made it back to Chrisanna's house in Rio Rancho by about 4:00 pm.

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