4. You should ride the C&TS from Antonito. Wrong. You can ride out of Antonito, but if you really want to experience a hard working locomotive on a 4 percent grade, schedule your trip starting in Chama so you can truly experience the drama of a train on Cumbres Pass.
|How often have I seen Antonito like this in the |
morning? More often than Chama for certain!
Photo: John Hill, contributing photographer
8. They’re not worth visiting except in September when the Aspens turn yellow. Not true. You’ll see great scenery any time of the year. Yes, the Aspens are spectacular with their translucent yellow leaves, but anytime is a good time to enjoy the narrow gauge.Anytime, indeed! While aspen gold makes a beautiful contrast with the evergreens and the darker-blue-than-at-sea-level sky, it's not the only color that Colorado has to show. The subtle shades of spring and summer, the regal robes of winter in Cascade Canyon and all over Pikes Peak for most of the year.* Think of your own home or neighborhood or park. Is fall when it's the most beautiful? Maybe. Do other seasons give autumn a run for the money? Most likely!
There's more, lots more. Wrinn writes only what a veteran of riding all the Colorado Narrow Gauge Railroads knows. He finds himself in good company, as his closing quote of David P. Morgan proves.◊
Narrow (gauge) Minded Folks
- Jim's Post on Train of Thought
- The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
- The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
- The Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden
- The Georgetown Loop Railroad in Georgetown west of Denver
More Narrow Gauge Folks
- Ridgway Railroad Museum - for the Rio Grande Southern
- Galloping Goose Historical Society - home of RGS Goose 5
- Narrow Gauge Circle - one of the first and best
- John West's NarrowGaugeMemories.com - Rio Grande
* - Ok, the Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway is not narrow gauge, but it is a cog railway, which is as much different from standard gauge as narrow is. Just look at how the switches are run.