Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cumbres & Toltec runs again.(Business Outlook)

Byline: Gary E. Salazar Journal Staff Writer

ANTONITO, Colo. -- The economic artery that links Chama and Antonito, Colo., appears to be healthy again.

After clearing hurdle after hurdle -- from funding to having an operating locomotive -- the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad opened its season a little more than week ago, once again hauling visitors through the scenic mountains between the two small communities.

The 2003 kickoff was the culmination of six months of hard work by the four-member Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission, railroad workers and officials from both towns.

"Both days we were sold out," said Kim Smith Flowers, Rio Grande Railway Preservation Corp. …

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