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Date: 05/11/22 09:59
Who are these upstarts?
Author: Cumbresfan

As a long time supporter of the Cumbres and Toltec, I've been promoting their listing in USAToday's contest as the best scenic railroad ride in the US. Recently, C&TS has become #2 to the Colebrookdale Railroad in Boyertown (no relation), PA so I decided to look them up. I was pleasantly surprised to find out they have purchased steam locomotive #18 from the bankrupt SLRG/Rio Grand Scenic in Alamosa. They are restoring the engine to operation and have posted a couple of videos of the move from Alamosa to PA. included are interviews with several involved with the engine and move including Carlos Llamos now with C&TS. I have included a link to their steam program below. 
https://www.colebrookdalerailroad.com/steam/steam-video-updates/

But I'm still voting for C&TS as having the best ride.
https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-train-ride-2022/

Dave Boyer



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/11/22 10:49 by Cumbresfan.



Date: 05/11/22 10:54
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: BAB

Well guess there isnt much to ride back there behind a diesel C&T has the best narrow gauge  scenic  ride better than the D&S by far. Also it a longer ride with orgianl steam power and coaches.



Date: 05/11/22 11:29
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: callum_out

Be tough to beat the variety of scenery found on the C&TS, that and lunch.

Out 



Date: 05/11/22 11:56
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: CPR_4000

Colebrookdale has always had very good PR people. I can't imagine their scenery is particularly spectacular. Pleasant, I'm sure, but not spectacular.



Date: 05/11/22 13:30
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: gregscholl

callum_out Wrote:
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> Be tough to beat the variety of scenery found on
> the C&TS, that and lunch.
>
> Out 

I agree! C&TS has been getting my vote.  They could use the help also as far as PR is concerned.
18 looked great on some charter trains between 2008 and 2012.  Here is a preview of a video we did, so you can see the action. We produced this show about a year ago.
Glad it went to a new home where it will run again.
Greg
https://www.gregschollvideo.com/western-steam-dvds.html#296



Date: 05/11/22 16:15
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: ATSF1129

The fact that the Verde Canyon isn't even in the top 10 is the real blasphemy...



Date: 05/11/22 17:49
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: callum_out

I'd sure put it ahead of a number of lines that are in the Top 10. The Strasburg as a Top 10 Scenic Ride? 

Out 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/11/22 17:52 by callum_out.



Date: 05/11/22 19:49
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: RuleG

ATSF1129 Wrote:
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> The fact that the Verde Canyon isn't even in the
> top 10 is the real blasphemy...

When I checked the list, it ranked#14.  Go ahead and vote for the Verde Canyon Railroad and get all of your friends to do the same and perhaps it will move up in the rankings.



Date: 05/11/22 19:51
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: RuleG

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

I voted for the Cass Scenic Railroad.



Date: 05/12/22 07:10
SLRG 18 in Pennsylvania
Author: cozephyr

1 - San Luis & Rio Grande RR 18 arrived at Alamosa, CO, 31 January 2008.

2 - Monica Johnson was the fireman on SLRG 18 at Monte Vista, CO, 16 August 2012 shortly before #18 was stored.

3 - SLRG 18 arrived in the snowy San Luis Valley at Alamosa, CO, 31 January 2008.

Wishing the Colebrookdale Railroad in Boyertown, PA, operation great success with #18 this year.




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/12/22 07:11 by cozephyr.








Date: 05/12/22 18:06
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: MC6853

callum_out Wrote:
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> I'd sure put it ahead of a number of lines that
> are in the Top 10. The Strasburg as a Top 10
> Scenic Ride? 
>
> Out 


Ever hear of the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"? I've not visited most of the ones on the list (most of them are way farther west than I've ever been), but I was quite taken with the bucolic rolling farmlands on a recent visit I took to Strasburg... As a result, it got my vote...



Date: 05/13/22 07:22
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: BAB

MC6853 Wrote:
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> callum_out Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I'd sure put it ahead of a number of lines that
> > are in the Top 10. The Strasburg as a Top 10
> > Scenic Ride? 
> >
> > Out 
>
>
> Ever hear of the phrase "beauty is in the eye of
> the beholder"? I've not visited most of the ones
> on the list (most of them are way farther west
> than I've ever been), but I was quite taken with
> the bucolic rolling farmlands on a recent visit I
> took to Strasburg... As a result, it got my
> vote...
C&T for the most part is unchanged from the time it started with its scenery vast vistas along the line that look the same today as when it started.



Date: 05/15/22 07:05
Re: Who are these upstarts?
Author: mundo

Where can one find the list ?

How does one vote?

First rode Verde Valley in 1949 on the mixed train.

Ed



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