“A Place Born For Those Too Late” the secluded New Mexico mountain village of Chama is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s western terminus.
Once recognized as a junction located on the San Juan Extension North from Alamosa to Durango, Colorado the Cumbres & Toltec section between Chama and Antonito, Colorado is today maintained as a 65-mile-long memorial known for having some of the most remarkably beautifully isolated mountains scenic landscape in existence today.
Interesting Facts About Chama Railroad
• A trip to Chama takes you back to the 1950s and a time when the railroad serving as a Class I railroad offered regular steam service served before being shut down in 1968. Later through the efforts of a group of volunteers joined by the states of Colorado and New Mexico Chama’s railroad has today become one of the most historic sites in the United States.
• Chama’s railroad yard serving between five to six of the railroad’s ten locomotives is recognized as having the Rio Grande’s largest collection of railroad equipment in existence.
Chama Yard Railcams
Chama’s south-facing railcam shows locomotives at the yard’s Engine House readied and loaded at the Depot as well as cars being switched at the yard. While the north-facing railcam shows locomotives at the double-spouted tank collecting water and taking coal from a loader.
Occasionally you might spot a deer each day at about dusk. Chama’s Depot camera offers viewers a first-hand view of the equipment and historic Rio Grande Depot. Tune in each morning for a spectacular Chama sunrise.