We spent several days during September trackside to see the Cumbres and Toltec Passenger trains. We begin in the east at Antonito, and progress westward seeing views at Antonito, Big Horn, Sublette, Osier, Los Pinos, Tanglefoot Curve and Cumbres. Then we head west from Chama for trains up the 4% grade to Cumbres.
The Cumbres and Toltec Railroad stretches 64 miles and features a variety of trackage and scenery. We are trackside to see a lot of different views starting in Antonito and progressing to Cumbres via Osier. After watching a few scenes down toward Chama, we video trains in a westerly direction from Chama.
Sometimes there are two different scenes at the same location, made on different days with different locomotive numbers. Three different K-36 lomomotives are featured in this show. There is nice variety here, and the 4% grade from Chama to Cumbres produces some great sights and sounds as the trains work hard to make the 4% grade over Cumbres Pass. We will also see one train that has mechanical issues and the employees make a fix on the spot.