ITT we discuss cozy railroads that you can visit and ride. The more historically notable the better, and especially if the trains are pulled by steam locomotives.
These two railroads appear to be the most historically-legit steam-powered railroads in the United States:
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS)
Location: Chama, New Mexico / Antonito, Colorado
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&NSNG)
Location: Durango, Colorado / Silverton, Colorado
Both railroads used to be part of the same railroad line running through Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, both were built in the 1880s, and both are National Historic Landmarks.
After careful research of these two railroads to determine which one is better, I have determined that the D&SNG is superior to C&TS. Despite the C&TS having a longer route and reaching higher elevations, there is almost nothing to do in that area except for riding the train and there is nothing to do once you get to either of its two endpoints. The D&SNG, however, has multiple things to do once you get off the train at either end. In Durango, its an actual still-functioning city that doesn't exist just for tourism while Silverton has a small downtown area that is also a National Historic Landmark like the railroad itself. Also, there are tour packages to do while in Silverton including standard outdoor things like hiking and zip lining and there is even a tour of an actual gold mine available high up in the mountains.
Both will provide excellent fun times and old timey late 19th-early 20th Century American West feels.
Beautiful landscape, steam locomotives ride a couple of times per year as a tourist attraction.
Experience the 4 days journey from the Andes to the Ecuadorian coastal flatlands in the cruise train, feel unique curves and sleep in comfy historical haciendas at night. Built in the 1800s and rebuilt in 2011 as a cruise train.
This one is possibly the best steam railroad in the Eastern US:
Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia.
It has the world's largest collection of working geared steam locomotives.
I will be travelling down the Indian West coast in August/September by train. I'll try to get some good pictures and possible do some kind of IWO on one of the KC boards if anyones interested.
Some stations are abandoned. It was a good post-apocalypse feel after travel.
Neat! Not sure if this is the same railway, but in that same part of the country, there is a railway with the world's oldest steam locomotive that's still working: Fairy Queen (1855).
Wasn't that the part of the Trans-Siberian Railway that is most directly responsible for bankrupting the Russian Empire?
That feel when entire board just for train-related serious discussions:
It's slow as shit, though