Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
Operating by way of Alamosa, La Veta and Monte Vista, The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad 320 km south Denver, Colorado offers a breathtaking view featuring several of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks.
Interesting Facts About Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
• In 2006 the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad of Colorado began it’s operations operating diesel and steam locomotives throughout the San Luis Valley by way of the Rio Grande and San Luis Railroad.
• In 1878 the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad within one day transported the buildings used to build the town of Alamosa. The town which by 1890, and the next fifty years would become the center for 914 mm narrow gauge railway in the United States.
• The Rio Grande Railroad veers from the original depot in the center of downtown Alamosa, once used by freight trains to receive and ship goods such as agricultural, farming, and mining equipment. Passenger service includes trains from Creede, Denver, Durango, Santa Fe, and Salida.
• The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad features a collection of several historic locomotives such as the 1910 American built Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad locomotive #18 which once operated on the Grand Canyon Railway and the Mount Hood Railroad.
• The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad features five dome cars fitted with a glass roof offering passengers a 360-degree view around the train. The railroad also includes 1930s open-air cars with bench seating and open windows; restored 1950s Pullman Coaches with air conditioning, heating, and concessions as well as a restored Parlor car with floor-to-ceiling window.
• Some of the events offered by the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad include a Mother’s Day Brunch, Rails & Ales Brewfest, Jazz, fall foliage and pumpkin patch rides; and the Train to Christmas Town.
Rio Grande Scenic RailCams
The Rio Grande Scenic RailCams offer live video of freight and tourist trains along the Rio Grande and San Louis Railroad in Alamosa.