Crossing Lobato


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In days gone by, well before cars were common and highways were few, traveling across the country was not an easy task. Although the west was full of exciting places to go, getting there was quite the adventure in and of itself, and the choices of how to accomplish that were few. That is, until the trains came along, and in so doing, helped tame the vast distances of the west.

The steam locomotive was of course an instrumental part of that process. Whether chugging across the countryside, up through the mountain passes, across the high meadows, or out through the tall prairie grasses, the “toot-toot” of the whistle and black smoke marked well the passage of the train, the lifeblood of every town it passed through.

Today some of the old steam locomotives still run, although now they operate on scenic railroads instead of hauling silver ore from the mines and passengers into the west. This is engine #484 of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, operating between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, as it steams across the Lobato trestle. The adventure of excitement of yesterday is still alive and well and we are able to, still, touch our past.

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