Choo Choo Chama


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Today we are going to Muse about scenic New Mexico and the Cumbres and Toltec Railraod.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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New Mexico

New Mexico is one of my favorite states.  It has a long history rich in culture and the physical beauty of the land is stunning.  If you find yourself there you will want to explore Santa Fé, Taos, Abiquiú, Acoma Pueblo and a thousand other places.  One little gem you may not know about is the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

This is a narrow gauge railroad dating back to the 1880 which runs from Chama, New Mexico to Antonito, Colorado.  Originally the line supported mining operations but over the years they played out.  Today it is a tourist attraction.  One you might enjoy.

I took the trip several years ago.

The Trip

We got our tickets at the train depot in Chama.  The station was a little wooden building next to the tracks.  The morning we left there was a cowboy seated playing a guitar and singing to the people at the station.

Cowboy Playing Guitar

Cowboy Playing Guitar

He was selling CD‘s.  Since we had time to wait, I took the opportunity to sketch him.

Making a drawing of the musician

Making a drawing of the musician

Didn’t come out too bad.

Chama musician drawing

Chama musician drawing

When it got close to the departure time, the train men became active and started readying the engine

Inspecting the Engine

Inspecting the Engine

After inspecting the engine, they brought it back to connect with the passenger cars.

Getting the Engine

Getting the Engine

Backing the Engine to the Train

Backing the Engine to the Train

Preparing to leave

Preparing to leave

Eventually the Conductor was ready to let the passengers on board.

Getting ready to board passengers

Getting ready to board passengers

And the people began to board.

Ready to Board

Ready to Board

And finally we were underway.  We quickly learned to keep the window closed.

A Bit Smokey -- Keep the window closed

A Bit Smokey — Keep the window closed

Just like in the movies the Conductor came through the cars punching tickets.

Checking for Tickets

Checking for Tickets

The trip was several hours through forests, up mountain grades and down, passing through golden meadows, past rivers and streams.

Past Valleys below

Past Valleys below

Lonely Stream

Lonely Stream

River under the Bridge

River under the Bridge

Rolling Along

Rolling Along

Forest

Forest

Train making the grade

Train making the grade

Watertower

Water Tower

Winter Not Long Away

Winter Not Long Away

This was a great way to spend an afternoon.  The train was fun in itself and the beauty of the land made it all the more special.

At the End of the Day

And, you know what?  When night-time came around we found a good old western saloon, complete with dance hall waitress and piano player.   That was fun, too.

Western Bar

Western Bar

Western Bar

Western Bar

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One Response to Choo Choo Chama

  1. That was a nice sketch of the cowboy. Wish I could do that.

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