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From our Amtrak/C&T excursion:
ColoradoColorado State RR Museum, Golden

Chama NM

Parlor Car was delightful, gondola was exciting, but NOTHING beats riding behind the tender. 

Our ride home.  We upgraded our roomette on the return trip and took a Family Bedroom home.  Best accommodations I've ever experienced riding long distance trains!

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Comment by Jennifer on September 20, 2016 at 1:22pm

Thank you Chad!  'Was my first long distance trip since one to Seattle in 03 and my first Zephyr trip since 96, and it sure felt great.  Colorado is a hell of a wonderful destination for railfans btw.  These days flying doesn't do much for me either.  ;-)

Comment by Chad Glover on September 20, 2016 at 12:57pm

What a great trip.  i haven't been on Amtrak since i was 16.  Might happen now that I'm getting closer to being "the old man" and really not liking driving or flying much anymore.

Comment by Jennifer on September 20, 2016 at 12:46pm

A few more shots from the vacation:  Cumbres, Colorado on a stunning August morning.Interior of the C&T Parlor Car C&T Conductor preparing for departure from ChamaOsier, Colorado:  Delish lunch stop; trains meet here, pictured is the Antonito-Chama train

Comment by Jennifer on September 9, 2016 at 12:44pm

Once I discovered this spot, I only moved from one side of the platform to the other until we were almost in Antonito; it was where I wanted to be.  No one else seemed to be interested apart from my better-half, in fact the first coach was empty. 

https://youtu.be/MLZjB8DKuKY

Comment by Jennifer on September 9, 2016 at 12:36pm

(Family Bedroom / Departing Denver)

https://youtu.be/aDGi8gtdA7g

Comment by Jennifer on September 9, 2016 at 12:22pm

Thanks Don, it was really, really cool.  The C&T is highly recommended, if you ever get a chance to experience it you'll never forget it.  As always, my suggestion regarding Amtrak is to get a sleeper.  The large room we had on the way back still blows my mind thinking about it.  Windows on both sides and a sofa that runs the width of the train.  It was kind of like the old ads for Pullman accommodations you might recall from old magazines that showed some exaggeration of the space to make it look bigger.  When I saw the auspicious name of our car when we boarded in Denver I got chills; 'was to us, very special.    The Superliners are now past 35 and in need of another rebuild, but I enjoyed the faded elegance.  Reminded me of early Amtrak a bit...  The diner was excellent imo, and I loved as always the giant pot of coffee in the sleeper.  :-)

Comment by Don Underwood on September 9, 2016 at 12:53am

Looks like a fun trip!

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