The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is the longest and highest Narrow Gauge steam railroad in the United States. This video takes you on that ride from the eastern terminus of Antonito westbound to Chama. The trip starts with some highlights of a cab ride in 489, then we move to the coaches and gondola for scenes from the train the rest of the way. En route you will see highlights of the trip taking us through the famous Whiplash Curve, Big Horn Peak, Mud Tunnel, Phantom Curve with its interesting rock formations, Toltec Tunnel and Gorge, and eventually Cumbres Pass. We stop at Osier for a hot lunch at the dining hall where folks get a choice of meals with their train ticket. We see 487 on the eastbound train as we arrive. Then after taking water we continue west through the Los Pinos valley, around Tanglefoot Curve and arrive at the summit of the railroad at 10,015 feet elevation. After a brief stop there we continue down the steep 4% grade with spectacular views of Windy Point where we had just traveled, and down into the valley that includes Cresco Tank, and Lobato Trestle. We then cross the Chama River and enter Chama, NM passing the yards and stop at the depot. We tried to not only show the scenery but many shots with the train and engine in the scenes since this railroad alignment is so unusual with all its loops and elevation changes. There are some fall colors as well. This video will make a great souvenir of your trip, or make you want to book a ticket to ride it yourself some day. 64 minutes
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1 Hour, 04 Mins ($0.35/min)
Greg Scholl Video Productions
DVD or BLU-RAY
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Riding the C&TS DVD
Rail Buff (Southern California) on 2016-03-23 17:42:23.
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5 of 5
Of the several discs I have of the C&TS, this is the best of the bunch. Great scenery; lots of info, usual for a Greg Scholl Production, and lots of train action. All on one disc. You can't go wrong with this one.
Additional remarks by Rail Buff: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.