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Public television to feature Colorado’s Rio Grande scenic railroad

Public television to feature Colorado’s Rio Grande scenic railroad

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad announced its participation in the Great Scenic Railway Journeys’ television series that profiles some of the world’s most historic and scenic railways. Produced by Emmy Award winner Robert C. Van Camp and hosted by storyteller David Holt, the series on “Celebrating North America’s Steam Railways” airs on public television stations across the U.S. and will feature Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s historic 100-year old steam engine.

During the filming on June 23rd - 25th, Rio Grande Scenic Railroad will take passengers on rides through picturesque mountains to the majestic La Veta pass, a Colorado symbol of natural beauty and wildlife.  Film crews and passengers alike can bask in the historic symbolism of the steam engine, while participating in Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s fifth annual Rails & Ales Brewfest and Concert.

“By filming with Great Scenic Railway Journeys, we hope to bring more attention to the history of the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and its significance as the longest and highest standard gauge railroad in the country,” said Fred Hargrove of Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. “For those looking for something completely different, but still wanting to enjoy the historic Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, we’ve created the unique Rails & Ales Brewfest and concert series.”

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s Rails & Ales Brewfest and concert is a favorite among adventure-seekers. With over 20 breweries in attendance, at 9400 feet in a concert venue only accessible by train, it is Colorado’s most unique beer festival. The Rails & Ales Brewfest and Concert is part of Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s 2012 Mountain Rails Live Summer Concert Series lineup, featuring performers Chuck Pyle and The Rifters. Concerts are hosted at an eco-conscious concert site and are only accessible by train.

For the Summer Concert Series and Rails & Ales Brewfest and Concert, tickets range from $19 to $149 depending on the class of service and departure location. Trains depart from Alamosa or La Veta and take passengers directly to the concert site at Fir - an amphitheater powered solely by wind and solar energy.