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Scenic railway delivers Christmas to passengers

Devin Neeley
December 19, 2016 10:34 AM

Chama, NM—The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad warmed up the locomotives and turned them into Christmas Trains that are a big hit, even with a decent amount of snow to hit northern New Mexico.

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“I have never seen this much snow,” said Everett Estrada.

Estrada and his family traveled from Socorro just for the Christmas Trains in Chama.

Cookies, hot chocolate and Santa were all present, but Everett sees through all that. He knows what Christmas is all about.

“Probably all the giving and giving all the gifts,” said Estrada.

“It's the season, it’s the giving season,” said John Bush, president of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

Train riders gave canned food and new toys for the Echo Food Bank and Toys for Tots.

Every year about 50 railroad personnel receive donations in return for a free ride. Last weekend in Antonito, Colorado they collected almost 3 tons of food.

“It is an opportunity to share what we have with the people that we love and the people that need us,” said Bush.

While Christmas Trains are a lot of fun for families, the near century old steam locomotive brings Christmas the old fashioned way—by railway through the snow.  

The last runs of the Christmas trains will be Sunday, Dec. 18. Simply bring non-perishable food or new/unwrapped toys to the depot in Chama.

The first train leaves at 10:00 a.m. and the last train leaves at 4:00 p.m.

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Devin Neeley

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