A call late Tuesday has altered my plans. It has rained since I arrived in the San Luis Valley and it has had its effects. The Colorado Scenic Railroad called and said there had been a landslide on the line blocking the tracks and Thursdays trip had been cancelled. So that left Wednesdays trip on the Cumbres & Toltec RR as the only trip on the schedule. Here is some of what I saw in the 64 mile journey.
Our power arrives.
64 Miles to Chama.
Hugging the curves.
Approaching Sublette. This was housing for the section crew that maintained this part of the railroad. They lived here year round.
Looking back down the valley.
Around the curve we go,
It a pretty good jump down to the valley floor.
Looking off one of the trestles.
Looking from another trestle.
What we just crossed. 137 feet above the Cascade river.
Highest point on the railroad. Another place where railroad employees lived year round. The joy of fierce winter storms with drifts 20 foot high was their reward.
A bus trip back to Antonito completed the 8 hour day.