Holiday trains return to Cumbres & Toltec for 2017

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ANTONITO, Colo. – To help make the holiday season a little brighter for those in need, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad will once again run holiday trains to collect food and toys to distribute in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The one-hour rides are free for young children and only $5 for adults and children aged 12 and older. A donation of either a non-perishable food item or a new, boxed toy per person is requested.

In 2016, the railroad collected more than 5,500 pounds of food and 1,000 toys, which were all distributed in the San Luis Valley of Colorado and in northern New Mexico.
The highest and longest narrow gauge steam railroad in America is owned jointly by the states of Colorado and New Mexico with terminals in both Antonito and Chama, N.M.

There will be two opportunities to experience the special trains, departing from Antonito, Dec. 9 or 10 or departing from Chama on Dec. 16 or 17. The Antonito departures will climb the foothills of the San Juan Mountains to the Ferguson Trestle and back, while the Chama departures will run to the Lobato Trestle and back. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children onboard and Santa’s elves will serve complimentary hot chocolate and cookies during the ride.

All food and toy donations are distributed to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation from Antonito and the Antonito Food Bank to recipients in the local area. Food and toy donations in Chama are distributed locally by the Chama Fire Department Toy Collection and the local Chama Valley Pantry operated by the Rio Arriba County Echo Food Bank.

For more information, or to book tickets, go to www.cumbrestoltec.com/christmas or call 888-286-2737. Train rides start at 10 a.m., with the last train departing at 4 p.m.

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