November 20, 2013 § 1 Comment

“The railroads were the Internet of their day…..” – Untouched America, “Rocky Mountains”.

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Cumbres and Toltec RR car

Cumbres and Toltec RR car

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.another segment of the former Rio Grande network. Unlike the Durango & Silverton, which has a long history as a tourist attraction, this 64-mile section of the railroad was saved by a group of locals and rail enthusiasts who were (and are) passionate about preserving service over 10,015-foot high Cumbres Pass, the highest mountain pass reached by rail in the U.S. The railroad is owned by the states of New Mexico and Colorado and operated by an interstate agency, which hires a private group with rail operations and maintenance expertise to oversee daily operations.


The trains have been chugging over Cumbres Pass since 1881.


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Cumbres and Toltec

Cumbres and Toltec


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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  – Mark Twain

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Durango and Silverton

Durango and Silverton…

A remnant of the Denver & Rio Grande narrow gauge railway system that once spread across southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The train runs from Durango north to Silverton, a distance of 45 miles, much of it through the canyon of the Animas River.


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“I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation- a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here. They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something. I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every states I visited. Nearly every American hungers to move.”  – John Steinbeck


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§ One Response to railroad.

  • Kathryn says:

    …then, I am one of Steinbeck’s ‘moving’ people. I have moved 33 times in my lifetime. And. I am not in the military. It is just something I thought you did. M O V E .

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