Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 2-8-2 No. 484 pulls train 216 out of Chama, New Mexico, crossing the Rio Chama Bridge and passing “Juke’s tree” on the climb toward Cumbres Pass on June 6, 2018.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad train no. 216 approaches Labato, New Mexico, on the steep 4-percent grade of Cumbres Pass on the morning of June 6, 2018. Trailing the train is C&TS Parlor car No.... (more)
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad train no. 216 is exiting the narrows and approaching Labato, New Mexico, pulled up the steep 4-percent grade of Cumbres Pass by K-36 Mikado No. 487 on the morning ... (more)
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad train No. 216 crosses the Rio Chama Bridge departing Chama, New Mexico, on June 6, 2018.
Now traveling almost compass south, the Train 216 is nearing MP 324 and crosses the Rio de los Pinos River in front of Pinorealosa Mountain. We had to break off here and head back for Kansas City... (more)
C&TS Train 216 swings through another one of the abundant S-Curves on the line headed towards Antonito. The train will soon drop down another hill, and then through a horseshoe curve, running bac... (more)
Now coming downgrade from Cumbres Pass, the train negotiates the east end of Tanglefoot Curve as the engineer lets loose with some melodious whistling.
Locomotive: CTS 484
Coming up to the standpipe at the Cumbres Pass Depot, Train 216 tops the grade at an elevation of 10,015 feet, 2,152 feet higher than the origin for the train 1 hour and 19 minutes earlier.
Replicating a scene that could easily pass for 90 years ago, the narrow guage Mike rumbles past some open range cattle country on the Rio Grande San Juan Extension with C&TS Train 216.
Now just feet remaining inside New Mexico, the K-36 swings around the several S-Curves near Hamilton's Point and its train obediently follows on the way to Antonito.
Train 216 whistles for the Highway 17 grade crossing, now just a couple miles from the Colorado State Line, and still gaining elevation.
Still gaining elevation, and over 2,000 feet to go before the summit of Cumbres Pass, C&TS Train 216 headed for Antonito makes a tremendous racket as it churns upgrade.
Locomotive: CTS 484
The eastbound from Chama passes the Lobo Lodge, just past Lobato Trestle.
The morning's eastbound out of Chama chuffs up what was once known as the Rio Grande San Juan Extension towards Antonito just shy of Lobato Trestle.