Tourist Train Reopens, But Not The Full Route

New Mexico – The summer season for the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad kicked off this weekend. But the long-awaited reopening of the tourist train's full route remains on hold.

Repairs to the fire-damaged sections of the historic Lobato Trestle four miles north of Chama have been hampered by a wet and snowy May. That means passengers must hop a shuttle to the Cumbres station 11 miles away, beyond the damaged 100-foot-high trestle.

That also means more waiting for Chama merchants. Their livelihoods were dealt a blow after the fire last June prevented the train from making the full run between Chama and Antonito for most of the 2010 season.

Railroad officials announce a week ago the trestle would be open. They later told the Albuquerque Journal they were too optimistic.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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