The neat thing about Chama is that you can get right down on the tracks and up close to the trains. We didn't ride the train but we chased it, an activity so popular you can get a list from the visitor center of where to stop for the best photos. Total strangers meet at the stops and talk while waiting for the train. It is a happening sort of thing and a lot of fun. Riders and chasers wave at each other at each and every stop. We followed the train up to the Cumbres Pass before turning around.