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Antonito, Colo. & Chama, N.M. - The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad will host the Galloping Goose No. 5 September 24 through 29, just in time for the fall colors. And with the high levels of rain northern New Mexico and southern Colorado have received this summer, the fall foliage will be a spectacular display. The Galloping Goose No. 5 was completely restored to operating condition in 1998, and now operates twice a year on the Cumbres & Toltec. This is a great experience for all ages.

The Galloping Goose was a series of seven railcars, individually built between 1931 and 1936 by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad and operated until the end of service on the line in the early 1950s.

Each ride includes "photo run-bys" - passengers get off the Galloping Goose at picturesque spots along the route, and the train is backed up and then chugged past the line of photographers. Photo run-bys are a favorite photo opportunity for rail fans.

The Galloping Goose Schedule is:

Tuesday, September 24
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Chama to Antonito, return by Motorcoach. Adult $89 / Child $71 (includes lunch)

Wednesday, September 25
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Antonito - Osier - Antonito. Adult $69 / Child $55 (includes lunch)

Thursday, September 26
8: 30 a.m. - 5:35 p.m. Chama to Antonito by Motorcoach; Antonito to Chama. Adult $89 / Child $71 (includes lunch)

Friday, September 27
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Chama - Osier - Chama. Adult $89 / Child $71 (includes lunch)

Saturday, September 28
10:15 a.m. - 2 p.m. Chama - Cumbres Pass - Chama, Adult $49 / Child $36 (half-day trip, no lunch)

Sunday, September 29
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Chama - Osier - Chama. Adult $89 / Child $71 (includes lunch)


TICKETS/INFO: Call 1-888-286-2737 to book or online at www.cumbrestoltec.com. http://www.gallopinggoose5.com/
All tickets are subject to a 5% Historic Preservation fee.


LODGING: http://www.conejosvacation.com/colorado_lodging/index.php, http://www.chamavalley.com/lodging.html

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is jointly owned and operated by New Mexico and Colorado. The National Park Service recently designated the railroad as a National Historic Landmark. It is the highest and longest authentic steam-powered, narrow-gauge railroad in the U.S. The passenger railroad travels over its historic route between Chama, N.M., and Antonito, Colo.

Jennifer Marshall