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Copper Canyon Railway

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Copper Canyon Train

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The Copper Canyon Railway:

A railway line runs through the Copper Canyon, between Los Mochis, Sinaloa and Chihuahua, in the state of the same name. Affectionately known as "El Chepe," the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway runs daily through the spectacular scenery of Mexico's Copper Canyon.

Copper Canyon Railway History:

Construction on the Copper Canyon railway line began in 1898. The engineering feats required to span the area were beyond the technology of the time and the project was abandoned for several years. Construction was renewed in 1953 and completed eight years later. The Chepe railway line was privatized in 1998 and taken over by Ferromex, a private rail company.

The Journey:

The entire journey from Los Mochis to Chihuahua takes about 16 hours. The railway covers over 400 miles, climbs 8000 feet into the Sierra Tarahumara, passes over 36 bridges and through 87 tunnels.

The train stops for passenger boarding and deboarding at the following stations: Cuauhtémoc, Creel, Divisadero, Posada Barrancas, Bahuichivo/Cerocahui, Témoris, El Fuerte and Los Mochis. There is a 15 to 20 minute stop in Divisadero to enjoy the view of the canyon.

The Train:

There are two classes of service, Primera Express (First Class) and Clase Económica (Economy Class). The First Class train departs Los Mochis daily at 6 a.m. and the Economy Class train departs an hour later. The main difference between the two classes is the comfort and spacing of the seats, and that the Economy Class train makes more stops - stopping at any of fifty stations along the route at passengers' request.

The First Class train has 2 or 3 passenger cars with 64 seats each, and a dining car with with meals and bar service. The Economy Class has 3 or 4 passenger cars with 68 seats in each car, and a "snack car" with fast food available. All the cars on both classes have air conditioning and heating system, reclining seats and ecological toilets. Every car has a porter to attend to the passengers. Smoking is prohibited on El Chepe.

Purchase Tickets for the Copper Canyon Railway:

During most of the year, you can purchase tickets at the train station on the day prior to traveling, or on the morning of your departure. If you are traveling around the Christmas or Semana Santa (Easter) holiday, it is advisable to book in advance. You can book through the web site railnsw.com (select rail only reservations), or by contacting the railway line directly. You will need to pick up your tickets at the train station on the day of departure.

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