SANTA FE (KRQE) – A historic piece of New Mexico is back on track – quite literally.
The Santa Fe Southern Railway – in a hybrid mix of old and new – is taking passengers back in time.
“This was one that was on our list to do,” said Kevin Gould of Madison, Wis.
The railway ride is popping up on a lot of to-do lists.
“It’s beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” said Brenda Locky of Nashville, Tenn.
It’s attracting a big crowd from all over the country two years since it last ran, departing out of the state’s capitol.
The ride starts out with a quick safety lesson, then for some, it’s off to the bar. For others, like Pat DeBoom, it’s a bit of a familiar ride.
“It would be about six years ago, I think, I took this trip,” DeBoom said.
She went on the train with her family from Denver with their newest addition.
“Riding the old trains is a lot of fun,” she said.
The SFSR has some new additions of its own, too.
“Last night, our two cars from the 1950s Santa Fe cars that actually ran with the super chief arrived. One is the Mojave and one is the Keystone Grill,” said Penny Stegeman.
That’s where brunch was served.
“It’s been fun. We were able to ride a train and had a great meal and were able to see the countryside of New Mexico,” said Gould.
Out on the open air car, the views were limitless and it was the place to be pulling into the one and only stop.
After an 18-mile trek, 14 of those miles on the original SFSR, passengers end up in historic Lamy, N.M.
A popular rail town itself, the Santa Fe Southern took over the Lamy spur in the early ’90s.
A quick 30-minute stop and it’s time to head north again.
“I just wanted to see the scenery, it’s so beautiful,” said Celnah Smith of Orlando, Fla.
The SFSR first ran these tracks beginning in 1992. Business has been up and down since then.
“Oh, it’s great. I love the trains,” Locky said. “My father and grandfather both worked on the trains so I’m a die-hard train person.”
In it’s new partnership with X Train, those who helped get it running again, managers say the future is promising.
“Tell all your friends, all your family were back in business and were here to stay,” Stegeman said.
The re-vamped SFSR runs both a brunch train and a sunset train. Each trip takes roughly three and a half hours round trip.
Tickets run from $40 to $160.