Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, La Veta Pass Route - Alamosa, CO
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N 37° 28.009 W 105° 51.904
13S E 423502 N 4147011
Quick Description: Rio Grande Scenic Railroad serves Alamosa, La Veta, Monte Vista, Fort Garland and Antonio
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 6/26/2010 2:55:27 PM
Waymark Code: WM946R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member IDIFers
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Long Description:
This is a standard gauge railroad that service the area from Monte Vista to La Veta, including the natural amphitheater on top of La Veta pass.

The fare listed below is is for a round-trip in 2010; Alamosa to La Veta. There are special murder mystery trains, Moonlight in the Mountains, Pumpkin Patch Ride, etc. (visit link) for more information. Trains run 7 days a week / Memorial Day, May 29th - Labor Day Sept. 6th. ; Sept. 8th -Sept. 30th Wed - Sun. ; Oct. Saturdays only. There is special Internet pricing.

"The narrow gauge rail into town was completed on June 22, 1878, and shortly after, a train full of assorted pre-built buildings from nearby Garland City were brought in and put into place that same day. Rumor has it, in fact, that the men who worked the line had breakfast in Garland City that morning, and were later served dinner in the same building that evening – in Alamosa.

Back then, the town’s commercial center was located on what is now Sixth Street, with a couple of buildings to the north on what is now Hunt and State. Alamosa soon became an outfitting point for southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, and by 1880 the population had topped 800, making it the largest and liveliest town in south central Colorado.

With its large railroad station, Alamosa harbored all sorts of rowdy characters – among them construction huskies, sheep herders, cow punchers, miners and gamblers – as well as a large Spanish-speaking community that had settled the area in 1854.

During the same period, in 1880, construction was under way on a rail line leading to Antonito and then, ultimately, to Santa Fe. At the same time, rail construction west through Monte Vista, Del Norte and South Fork was also under way and was finally completed in 1881. Nine years later the track was extended from Salida to Alamosa, and by 1890, and for the following half-century, Alamosa was the hub of narrow gauge railroading in America.

The busy depot hummed day and night with the activity of both passenger and freight trains from Denver, Durango, Santa Fe, Salida and Creede arriving and departing daily. The freight trains supplied the developing valley with ore, lumber, cattle, sheep and farm products, and in turn, agricultural and mining products were shipped out.

Less than a decade later, after years of unsuccessful surveying, a workable route was found and the narrow gauge rail would be replaced by standard gauge from the town of La Veta over La Veta Pass and into Alamosa.

Today, more than 100 years later, the same standard gauge rails are still in use, carrying both freight and passengers over La Veta Pass on the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. (From (visit link) )"
Engine Type: Tourist line has more than one engine of various types

Gauge of Railway: Standard Gage

Approximate Adult Fare: 58.00 (listed in local currency)

Approximate Child Fare: 48.00 (listed in local currency)

Type: Spur (out and back)

Length of Route: 60 miles

Dates of Operation: From: 1/1/2010 To: 12/31/2010

Frequency of departures: Daily

Key Attractions:
The La Veta Mountaineer leaves daily at 9:00 a.m. from historic Alamosa and winds through country ranging from agricultural flatlands to colorful foothills to cliff-sided mountains – much of it inaccessible by motor vehicle – on its way to the charming art town of La Veta. A leisurely, two-hour stop for lunch allows passengers to relax in the park, do some shopping and gallery-browsing, or enjoy a great meal at one of La Veta’s local restaurants and cafes. The La Veta Mountaineer is powered by steam on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is the 'Boots to Roots' concert series on top of La Veta Pass in the natural amphitheater.

Does this Scenic Railroad Provide: Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Trains?: yes

Railroad Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:

Provide a picture of something with the train. Possible photos include the entertainment on board the train, the train itself at any location along the route, a picture of the scenery with part of the train in view, the kids borrowing the engineer’s hat. Show us you had a good time visiting the train. If the train isn't running when you visit get a photo of one of the many railway related items that can be found in locations like this.

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