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Explore The Las Cruces Railroad Museum And Join Festivities At The Annual Railroad Day In New Mexico

Early in May the Las Cruces Railroad Museum will host the Annual Railroad Day at the historic railroad depot in Las Cruces. During this weekend event there will be activities for train enthusiasts of all ages, including a special appearance by the New Mexico Rail Runner Express on Saturday. Built in 1880, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a precious historic artifact of the American West, and one of the most spectacular examples of steam era mountain railroading in North America. Each May, a celebration is held to honor this jewel of the American West, leading up to a season-long celebration of train rides. Celebrations will be held for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama, New Mexico and at the Antonito, Colorado depot.

As enchanting as New Mexico is, it becomes even more fun and memorable when you take a ride on one of the trains. The locomotives, cars, buildings, and even its 64-mile narrow-gauge route were all part of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway, making it the most authentic train in all of North America.

Feel time slipping away as you chug up the 10,015-foot-high Cumbres Pass, and wind through tunnels and over trestles, and snake along the 800-foot-deep Toltec Gorge, past waterfalls, mountain forests, and alpine meadows. This popular historic narrow-gauge train engages passengers, photographers, historians, and train aficionados on one of the most scenic and historic rail experiences anywhere!

By Melody Schubert

Getting There:

Special train rides, including Sunday themed trains and a host of special themed trains will be a highlight of this American West Adventure. To learn more and join the festive event visit www.cumbrestoltec.com, or call 888-CUMBRES (888-286-2737).