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Lunch hall fire truncates Cumbres & Toltec Scenic trains

By | September 23, 2021

The railroad plans to resume full operations on Saturday

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Wooden structures in mountain valley
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Cumbres & Toltec passengers stop at Osier for lunch on their day-long journey between Chama and Antonito. The modern mess hall is at right. Trains: Brian Schmidt

OSIER, Colo. — Steam excursion trains of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic turned back early today after a fire in the lunch hall at the mid-point of the railroad in Osier, Colo.

C&TS Interim President Scott Gibbs says that damage was confined to the bakery portion of the kitchen. He says the railroad turned Thursday’s Chama, N.M.-originating train at Cumbres Pass and the Antonito, Colo.-originating train at Big Horn.

Osier, the mid-point on the railroad, has always been the lunch stop for passengers coming on narrow gauge trains from either state.

The railroad plans to resume full operations on Saturday when some 550 customers are expected to take in the ever-changing fall colors of the San Juan Mountains.

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