Victorian Iron Horses draw crowds

Four steam locomotives were lined up on Aug. 23 in front of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad engine house in Antonito for people to view and take photos of during their 50th anniversary celebration.

ANTONITO — The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad last week hosted the “19th Century Victorian Iron Horse Roundup” — a celebration of the scenic railroad’s 50th anniversary. Four 1880’s locomotives were under steam simultaneously.

All week long, the collection of historic steam locomotives from Colorado and Nevada steamed 64-miles over the Rocky Mountains pulling trains of historic passenger and freight cars. Train rides behind the “Iron Horses” were sold out for this celebration.

C&TSRR also had free activities, including photo opportunities in the historic rail yards of Antonito and Chama, N.M., railyard tours, and equipment demonstrations.

“The Iron Horse Roundup will feature two 1875 steam locomotives from Nevada, the Eureka and the Glenbrook, and they will be joined by our own recently restored 1883 engine No. 168 and engine No. 425 (315). All four steam locomotives will pull historic consists of passenger and freight cars, creating living images that have not been seen on this planet for 140 years,” said Scott Gibbs, interim CEO of the C&TSRR.

“The railroad tracks they are traveling on were laid in 1880, and the surrounding mountain, river canyon and high plains scenery they will be traveling through is unchanged, so people will be able to travel back in time to see transportation exactly the way it was a century and more ago,” he added.

Photographers and train enthusiasts came out on Monday, Aug. 23, to view and take photos of the locomotives including the visiting Eureka and Glenbrook lined up in front of the engine house.

Later that same evening, a night photo session in front of the engine house with all locomotives with headlights on low was held.

For more information, visit www.cumbrestoltec.com.

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