"I hear the train a-comin'/It's rolling around the bend..."

- Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues (Live)" {listen}* [Get the RealAudio Player]

In the early Fall of 1997, we took off for the weekend and went to southern Colorado. We stayed at a neat little youth hostel outside Antonito, CO and took a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. It's a narrow-gauge steam train. We had cinders in our hair the whole trip but the scenery was beautiful!! There are many different options for riding the train. We opted for a full-day adventure - a bus ride from Antonito, CO to Chama, NM then the train back to Antonito.

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  [82k] This is a picture of our train rounding a bend in a grassy prairie. The late-summer wild flowers were in bloom, the sky was blue, the air refreshing, and the sun warm. We couldn't have asked for a better Labor Day weekend!
  [65k] Don't look down! The train goes over or by several very interesting formations. Here, we are crossing a small gorge. If memory serves, it's about 70 feet down to the small stream that we are crossing. I wasn't scared... hardly at all.
  [63k] Me standing by our train. We went all the way from Chama, NM to Antonito, CO. The train stops along the way for lunch. I was tempted to climb up in the cab and start pulling levers but I was afraid the Conductor would make me walk the rest of the way... This is a model K-36 engine.
  [65k] Laurel sitting on the steps of a car as the train barreled along. Why yes, the Porter did ask her to kindly move away from the edge. I like the angle of this picture because it looks like she could slip off the edge any minute now... We spent most of our time outside - in the open observation car the train carried or between the cars.
  [54k] Laurel in sunlight. This was taken near the end of the trip, towards sunset. We were in the last car so Laurel is looking back on the tracks as we go clickety-clack, clickety-clack along our journey.
  [97k] A view out the back of the train. Worth the ride, I'd say.

Here are some links we found useful when we were planning our trip:

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Photo Gallery

C&TS Links

The Antonito Homepage

*Johnny Cash is sensitive to copyright issues on the net (as well he should be!). This low-quality sample is in no way intended to be an infringement on his copyright. It is used here for educational purposes only. We made a tape of Johnny's music to accompany our trip. It was not hard to come up with a tape of Johnny Cash train songs! VISIT HIS WEB PAGE! BUY JOHNNY CASH RECORDS! You just can't go wrong listening to the Man In Black. God speed his recovery.

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