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Old 01-18-2015, 12:13 PM
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Default Chasing the Cumbres and Toltec, Spring 2015.

So this idea was mentioned a few times during our trip along the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad during last years Outlaws Run. Thought it would be fun to get something together for the spring wheelin' season.

Theres a tun of dirt roads along the route for the Cumbres and Toltec. I think the initial thought was to chase a section of the train the first day, ride the train the second and finish with the last section of track. I think it would also be fun to spend a evening checking out the sights and sounds of Chama.

I've gotten some good response to some of the train images I was able to get last year and want to keep that going..

The country around Chama and Antonito are well worth the trek down.

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Anyway, just thought i' get the conversation going


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Old 01-18-2015, 01:15 PM
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I might be interested, depending on the weekend. We should just take a single vehicle so one person can shoot out the window.
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I'm trying to talk my dad into coming out for this...he is a huge steam train guy. His entire basement is filled with HO scale layout. This is the only train in the west he hasn't ridden yet. But he is closer to 80 than 70 years old...how rough are the trails?

I hunted one year just on the Colorado side of Chama. We checked out the train one day and the area was beautiful. Thanks, Perry.
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Been on both sides of the trip. Both interesting. Would love to do it again.
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Good to see that there's some interest in this.

Hopefully we can convince those that have been in the area before to come along. Just a bunch of dirt roads down along the tracks of the train.
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I'm trying to talk my dad into coming out for this...he is a huge steam train guy. His entire basement is filled with HO scale layout. This is the only train in the west he hasn't ridden yet. But he is closer to 80 than 70 years old...how rough are the trails?

I hunted one year just on the Colorado side of Chama. We checked out the train one day and the area was beautiful. Thanks, Perry.
Your Dad will be fine. They drive rear wheel drive vans into Osier every day. There are ways to access it on simple forest service roads. Then there are even more places you can get to if you can follow a simple two-track. But no crawling required. When I drove the 40 all along it, I don't think I even put the hubs in.

And the C&TS is, in my opinion, THE best steam railroad around. You can literally wander around the yards and check stuff out to your hearts content. No "tour" required, no timeline, just a bunch of historic, and operating trains.

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Good to see that there's some interest in this.

Hopefully we can convince those that have been in the area before to come along. Just a bunch of dirt roads down along the tracks of the train.
I'm definitely interested/definitely intend to go. Once we set a date, I'll see if any High Desert Cruisers want to come up. Chama or Antonito are only 3 hours from Albuquerque. In fact, I'm tempted to come up from Albuquerque in the Blue-Jay 40 (because it probably needs to stretch its legs this spring).

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Might be interested but it depends on what weekend.
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And the C&TS is, in my opinion, THE best steam railroad around. You can literally wander around the yards and check stuff out to your hearts content. No "tour" required, no timeline, just a bunch of historic, and operating trains.

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Agreed. I even got the privilege of being employed there for two summers as fireman. Met some of the coolest people all the time. Still have friends living there who are some of the coolest people. Any chance I can, I promote it.

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Agreed. I even got the privilege of being employed there for two summers as fireman. Met some of the coolest people all the time. Still have friends living there who are some of the coolest people. Any chance I can, I promote it.

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That is absolutely awesome.

My dad knew Coker way back when. I always figured I should have tried to work there a while ago. What an experience that must have been!

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