Alamosa is a train town. Many cities in the west were settled by the railroads.
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad runs a loop that begins in Alamosa, continues to LaVeta, and returns to Alamosa. The trip lasts from 9am to around 4:45pm. The train officially begins it's season Memorial Day Weekend, and runs through the middle of October. I can't wait to take the trip.
This year will be a bit different. The Rio Grande has purchased a 1901 era steam engine. It will pull the train on weekends and holidays.
The new/old engine was transported to Alamosa from New Orleans via truck. The pieces arrived this morning. I had to go back to the office to sift through piles of email- but Dev was out and about taking the last of his final exams. He took a few neat pics and I have posted them here.