This steam-operated railroad was built in 1880. You can begin it at Chama, NM, and go halfway to a buffet restaurant and then return, or you can start at Chama and end at Antonito, CO, returning by bus. There are also trips originating at Antonito, going halfway, or all the way to Chama. The trek to Antonito is a little flatter than the area around Chama.
The train is photogenic from within and also from looking at it go by. There are photographers who drive from one outlook to another to catch many photos, and there are some who use drones.
The train is closed in winter. It is wonderful any time of year, but we are partial to autumn because of the spectacular fall colors. The ride up to Chama from Albuquerque is also charming. The train would be a wonderful thing to do during Balloon Fiesta, or after; however, because Chama is a tiny village, you would need to make reservations for the trip as soon as possible.
From the open car, as the train turns a corner, you can capture the locomotive.
At points where the tracks intersect the highway, you will find photographers waiting.