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Antonito, Colo. & Chama, N.M.The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 2013 season includes exciting new experiences for rail fans including the Sunset Ride, Sunday Express and the American Society of Civil Engineers Day. The 2013 Summer Dinner Train and Entertainment series is on the Sunset Ride, Saturdays, July 20 through August 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m.  The Sunset Trains will combine a train ride to the Cumbres Pavilion, on board wine tasting and a dinner at the pavilion with live music.

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad climbs up to Cumbres Pass at an elevation of 10,015 feet and takes its passengers through some of the most scenic parts of the Rocky Mountains. Cumbres & Toltec riders can choose from the Victorian-era elegance of the luxurious Parlor Cars or the deluxe Tourist and Coach Cars. The Parlor Car, for riders ages 21 and up, offers a level of luxury, service, and comfort with attentive and friendly staff. Deluxe Tourist Service offers café seating and other upscale amenities. The Gondola Car is open to all riders for open viewing of the mountains and abundant wildlife. There are full-service bars in the Parlor, Tourist and Concession Cars.

The Cumbres Sunset Train runs Saturdays in the cool summer evenings and includes dinner and live entertainment at the newly built Cumbres Pavilion on top of the Cumbres Pass. Views of the setting sun combined with music makes this train one of the most relaxing and romantic. The entertainment schedule on the Sunset Train is:

Saturday, July 20, Skip Batchelor

Skip Batchelor will perform many of the great songs from the 1960s and 1970s. He plays acoustic guitar and has a wonderful voice. He sings the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and many other favorite artists.  This evening will be magical with a train ride on the Cumbres & Toltec under the stars, great food and music.  It’s a night not to miss on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

“I do primarily 60s and 70s major hits that people remember and seem to relate to,” says Batchelor. “I've played in bands of all types for most of my 68 years. They are all songs that I enjoy and hopefully that comes across in my performance." Batchelor is one of the favorite acts at the High Country Restaurant in Chama.

Saturday,  July 27  Mark Dudrow & Justin Dean,
High Desert Acoustic Duo
Mark Dudrow and Justin Dean have been playing soaring bluegrass and Irish ballads with fiddle and cello along the Upper Rio Grande Corridor for 10 years. They draw from traditional fiddle and Irish tunes, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, original songwriting and good old songs to create a unique blend of acoustic guitar, cello and fiddle music that echoes the local landscape.  Their music is just plain fun to listen and dance to.

Mark and Justin first met playing in a band in Taos, NM.  Justin does the majority of the singing and songwriting for the duo, adding intricate guitar and fiddle to the mix. Mark plays a carbon fiber cello and guitar. Their latest CD is “High Desert Acoustic Duo.”

Saturday, August 3, Kerry Grombacher, Contemporary Folk and Western
Direct from Louisiana, Kerry Grombacher will paint vivid portraits with his songs and tell fascinating stories of working cowboys and old camp cooks, roadside motels and prisons, wild land firefighters, cattle rustlers and wolf trappers for the Cumbres & Toltec summer concertgoers. He plays guitar and mandolin and writes contemporary folk and western songs, as well as country songs and ballads. He performs regularly at festivals, house concerts, coffee houses and other folk music festivals. He travels throughout the west appearing at numerous cowboy poetry and music gatherings. Grombacher is a resident of New Orleans, Kerry represents the soulful rhythms of Louisiana with his remarkable voice and songs he has authored

Saturday, August 10, Syd Masters
Syd Masters is an award-winning singer and songwriter of traditional western music.  He takes pride in keeping the Old West alive through traditional cowboy music and songwriting.  Combining classic favorites with colorful songwriting, Master’s melodies branch from his accomplished musicianship, adoration of the mountains and prairies he calls home, He and his Swing Riders are a highly talented, thoroughly funny, good time cowboy band who will inspire many of the Cumbres Sunset riders to dance and sing along.

Masters is the author and recording artist of the official state song of New Mexico and the 2011 AWA Male Vocalist of the Year. The Western Music Association, Academy of Western Artists and The New Mexico Music Industry have nominated him for more than 40 awards over the past 15 years.  “Vocalist of the Year,” “Country Song of the Year,” “Best Album,” Best Band,” Most Humorous Song,” and “Best Song” are some of the categories in which he won. http://www.sydmasters.com

Saturday, August 17, Jim Garling, Cowboy and Western Swing
Boots tap, hands clap, and grins grow like new spring grass when Oklahoman Jim Garling begins to play. The talented, personable Jim Garling will reach into the past, not to imitate Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers or Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, but to combine their sounds for just the right mix of old-style, acoustic western cowboy music and western swing. With guitar strap on shoulder, pick in hand and a bushy mustache bordering that genuine smile, he’ll bring the Cumbres Sunset rider cowboy-era music, classics from Saturday matinee silver screen heroes, and some favorites tunes from contemporary artists who reflect on the cowboy life. Known for his Cowboy and Western swing performances, Jim’s busy concert series includes many dude ranches and steam trains throughout the western U.S. http://www.cowboyjimgarling.com

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 steam-powered, authentic, narrow-gauge railroad in the U.S. The passenger railroad travels over its historic route between Chama, N.M. and Antonito, Colo. 

INFO: 1.888.286.2737, www.cumbrestoltec.com




2013 Cumbres & Toltec season started May 25 and runs through October 20, 2013.
The full schedule is listed on the website: www.cumbrestoltec.com.

NEW and Special Excursions
Cumbres Sunset Train, Saturdays, 5:30 – 10 p.m. July 13 – August 17 Chama departure
Parlor $149 adult, child n/a; Deluxe Tourist $119 adult, $49 child; Coach $89 adult, child $39

Entertainment 7 -8:30 p.m. at the Pavilion
All summer concert musicians at the Pavilion perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The dinner includes prime rib, chicken, or eggplant parmesan dinner.

Sunday Express,  Sundays from Chama to Cumbres,  May 26 – Sept. 8  11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Parlor $129, child n/a; Deluxe Tourist $99 adult, $49 child; Coach $59 adult, $29 child
American Society of Civil Engineers Day, Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.- 4p.m.

$79 adult;  $39 child

Cinder Bear Express, Thursdays, July 11 -Aug. 15., 11  a.m. – 2 p.m.
$59 adult,  $29 child

Regular Daily Excursions
Trip #1 Antonito to Chama by Motorcoach, Return by Train
May 25 – Sept. 14, Monday – Saturday, Sept. 15 – Oct. 20 (Daily)
, 8:30 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.
Parlor $169 adult, child n/a; Deluxe Tourist $129 adult, $69 child; Coach $89 adult, $49 child

Trip #2 Antonito to Chama by Train, Return by Motorcoach May 25 – Sept. 14, Monday – Saturday,
Sept. 15 – Oct. 20 (Daily), 10 a.m. – 5:25 p.m.
Parlor $169 adult, child n/a; Deluxe Tourist $129 adult, $69 child; Coach $89 adult, $49 child

Trip #3 Antonito to Osier, Return by Train May 25 – Sept. 14, Monday – Saturday,
Sept. 15 – Oct. 20 (Daily), 10 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.
Parlor  $169 adult, child n/a; Deluxe Tourist $129 adult, $69 child; Coach $79 adult, $39 child

Trip #4 Chama to Antonito by Motorcoach, Return by Train May 25 – Sept. 14 (Monday – Saturday) Sept. 15 – Oct. 20 (Daily), 8:30 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Parlor $169 adult, n/a child; Adult Deluxe Tourist $129 adult, $69 child; Coach $89 adult, $49 child.

Trip #5 Chama to Antonito by Train, Return by Motorcoach May 25 – Sept. 14 (Monday – Saturday)
Sept. 15 – Oct. 20 (Daily)
 10 a.m. – 5 :30 p.m.
Parlor $169 adult, n/a child; Adult Deluxe Tourist $129 adult, $69 child; Coach $89 adult, $49 child.

Trip #6 Chama to Osier, Return by Train May 25 – Sept. 14 (Monday – Saturday), Sept. 15 – Oct. 20 (Daily) Train departs Chama at 10 a.m. 
Lunch at Osier (included in fare)
 Return to Chama by train at 4:05 p.m.
Parlor $169 adult, n/a child; Adult Deluxe Tourist $129 adult, $69 child; Coach $79 adult, $39 child.

The new Kids Ride Free promotion is available May 25 through Sept. 14 on daily excursion trips #1 through #6, Monday through Saturday in coach seating.  The Kids promotion may not be combined with any other discount.  Kids Ride Free is not available Sundays, evenings or on Cinder Bear Trains.  Lunch cost is $10. Discounts are all offered for AAA, AARP, military, etc.
LODGING: http://www.conejosvacation.com/colorado_lodging/index.php, http://www.chamavalley.com/lodging.html

1.888.286.2737, www.cumbrestoltec.com


Jennifer Marshall