This year we decided not to ride the Cumbres and Toltec RR. We have done that any number of times, including last year. Instead, we "chased" it from Chama to Cumbres Pass. If you aren't into trains, you might not know what I am talking about. We visited the station in Chama then followed the train on the first half of it's daily route, which just happens to parallel the highway. We were one of 4 vehicles doing that Thursday.
Before the train departed, we saw these two engines sitting in front of the shops. They must be there for repairs.
We walked along the track to choose a good place for photos.
Just after 10 am the train started to move.
About a half hour later, we took these photos.
We came to a crossing where we could get closer to the train.
Here is engine 494 pulling the train across the Lobato Trestle.
The scenery along the route is beautiful.
When the train reached the top of Cumbres Pass, it had to take on some more water.
There is always a pop car following the train, ready to put out any fires it might get started.
Years ago, when this was a working railroad track handling more than just tourists, this snow shed on the top of the pass protected engines during the worst snows of winter.
Trains are fun to watch as well as to ride.