Railroad Journeys – Cumbres and Toltec

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Climb aboard Mikado Steam Locomotive #488 for a historic ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, the longest narrow-gauge railway in the U.S. Built in 1925, this coal-burning workhorse pulls turn-of-the-century stock and box cars over the dramatic landscape of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The fire-breathing engine does not flinch at even the most challenging terrain as it crosses from high mountains to high desert. Switchback curves lined with aspen and pine give way to white-knuckle rides high above granite-hewn gorges, only to be followed by straightaways through the desert. Cling to the sides of Cumbres Pass at 10,000 feet, and ghost along Phantom Curve. Cross the Cascade Trestle, and plunge into the darkness of Mud Tunnel. Follow the Calico Cut to Whiplash Curve, and past the ghost town of Sublette on the way. Hold your breath as the Mikado does a narrow-gauge high-wire act over Toltec Tunnel Gorge before settling in for the horseshoe curves of Lava Loop. See why the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad has long been considered one of America’s most popular train rides.