All Aboard One of the Last Authentic Steam Railroads
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All Aboard One of the Last Authentic Steam Railroads

August 9, 2019


(mid-tempo instrumental music) – [Voiceover] Welcome to the 1880’s. This train has been running through these passes for over a century. There’s no cell service
up here, no gas stations, and a whole lot of mountains. It’s also the highest, the
longest, and one of the last authentic steam railroads
left in the country. – There’s probably no better
ride with a steam engine than this ride ride here. – [Voiceover] That’s Jeff Stebbins. Jeff is an engineer for
this train, officially known as the Cumbres and Toltec Railway. He’s been working on this
railroad for the last 19 years. – On this 64 miles of railroad,
I have about 50,000 miles that would translate
out to around the earth about two times. – [Voiceover] Today’s trains are powered by diesel and electricity, but this one keeps it old
school by running on coal. – We shovel about three and a half to four and a half tons of coal a day. – [Voiceover] It’s dirty
work and back in the 1930s, trains began changing to
diesel because it was cheaper and more efficient. The coal-powered engines were phased out. This one survived, thanks to
the people who cared about it and saw its beauty. – This 64 miles of railroad
into southern Colorado, northern New Mexico, it doesn’t get much more
beautiful than this. – [Voiceover] The other thing about coal is that it produces all that iconic smoke coming off the train. The train takes visitors along its route in the summer and fall. People come for the history
more than for the thrill of it. The train’s top speed is
only 20 miles an hour. – I love working on the railroad and I look forward to each
morning that I come here. There’s really no place I’d rather be than a filthy dirty locomotive. (mid-tempo instrumental music)

38 Comments

  • Reply Samantha Osburn June 24, 2016 at 6:16 am

    I love your videos. It is really neat to learn about trains in a way that connects history to the present.

  • Reply m m June 24, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I think it's good that these people are preserving history like this, just glad we phased out the coal engines because I'm sure they're absolutely terrible for the environment.

  • Reply Twentyop June 24, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Nice vid but it's not "the last".In Romania we still have authentic steam railroads in Maramures country.

  • Reply Kyle Bruh June 24, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Hihij

  • Reply Levi Blackwood June 24, 2016 at 8:44 am

    at least the man loves his job

  • Reply ƁᴇғᴏʀᴇƮʜᴇļɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ June 24, 2016 at 9:31 am

    What a waste of natural resources. 🙁

  • Reply Le Askard June 24, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    In America… IN BOSNIA WE HAVE CIRO, ITS OLDER THAN THIS ONE FOR A DECADE

  • Reply Blue Lion June 25, 2016 at 2:04 am

    As usual. Great video!

  • Reply Aunt Jemima June 26, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Ahh it looks beautiful

  • Reply Mihael Tominšek July 3, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Nice video. Steam should return. It's LOT cheaper than diesel. Modern steam angines have 21%+ coal energy efficiency vs 36%+ of diesel, but the coal is 15-times cheaper than oil, anf steam angine can burn virtually all fosil fuel – burning wood chips (leftovers from industry) would be carbon neutral! Modern steam engines have no smoke, and have 90% less boiler meintenance than old 1930's US engines.

  • Reply Joe Conway July 22, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Check out Wilmington and Western RR in Delaware.

  • Reply Toledo1940 July 22, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (Chattanooga, TN) has 2 steam locomotives in operation that were once in regular service on the Southern Railway: a 2-8-0 and a 2-8-2. As God intended, they still burn coal!

  • Reply nextari July 24, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage steam railroad through some of the most scenic and rugged mountain terrain in Colorado.

  • Reply Thomas FTW Veggie tails FTL July 24, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I want to go thare

  • Reply James Angerer July 31, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    They have very little effect on the Environment

  • Reply Blizzard November 18, 2016 at 2:04 am

    What about the pollution?

  • Reply Jack Rigdon February 5, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I've ridden it and I love that at the top they serve a turkey lunch, by the time you are done anything white that you are wearing is gray

  • Reply Dalton Chew July 31, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Australia lacks a lot of presived railways so there's a lot of mainline running.

  • Reply Jonah DiGiacomo December 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I live in Durango, and the DSNGRR is much better. I’ve been to both multiple times.

  • Reply Lionel91Produtions December 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    no, Strasburg PA is one

  • Reply Shining Sakura December 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Just like the heber creeper in utah! they have a few steam engines in fact.

  • Reply DarkCl0uds December 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    If you get sick easy going to get snacks and coming back is not fun…. I also almost fell on some ppl ? but the trip was more than amazing! Loved trains from when I was little, it's always nice to go back in history.

  • Reply Lewis Lower December 27, 2017 at 2:47 am

    If you're looking for steam trains, go to the uk!

  • Reply Daniel rogers December 27, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    In America maybe but in england we got loads of these old line's kept alive by preservationists

  • Reply Nico Zheng December 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I loved this good people with old style train

  • Reply Random Nobody December 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Thomas the dank engine

  • Reply DroidSkie42 January 3, 2018 at 1:18 am

    RIP Ozone layer….

  • Reply Dad January 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    is late to the train
    -walks to catch up to it –

  • Reply ARA MEHRAN January 6, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    That’s super cool you never coal trains!

  • Reply Random Railfan January 7, 2018 at 2:26 am

    1:36 Why does it seem that someone shot at that sign?

  • Reply Just another vagabond January 7, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Similar railroad is situated in Serbia, also in beautiful place called Mokra Gora, close to Drvengrad, where is situated one of the best film directors in europe Emir Kusturica.

  • Reply New Jersey Coasters January 7, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    What about StrasBurg Railroad since 1832?

  • Reply Kervin Roy.lopez January 10, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Being in this train would be so relaxing tbh

  • Reply Alden January 15, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I went on one from Durango to Silverton in Colorado.

  • Reply Super Trini Gamer January 17, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I believe the k27 engines could actually reach 35mph.

  • Reply Rishi Behal January 28, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Ever heard of North Wales?

  • Reply DaNoob June 6, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    This puts a smile on my face!

  • Reply Matúś Cibilka June 27, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Ah yes the smell of burning coal is the best.

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