"Chicken Train" Mata Ortiz Transportation Tip by kathymof

Mata Ortiz Transportation: 1 reviews and 3 photos

  Chicken Train
by kathymof
  • Chicken Train - Mata Ortiz
      Chicken Train
    by kathymof
  • The outlaw holding up the train - Mata Ortiz
      The outlaw holding up the train
    by kathymof
  • Musicians playing and Maria dancing - Mata Ortiz
      Musicians playing and Maria dancing
    by kathymof

There is a train that is called the "Chicken Train" that takes people into the mountains every other day. We used it to get to the other side of town since there was a wash that our bus was unable to cross. We were on our way to Debbie's house where we were going to be served lunch by the community. Debbie is an American who moved to Juan Mata Ortiz, married and is raising a family. Debbie's husband is a local and staged a "hold up" of the train. He was on horse, with a rifle in his hand and paint smeared across his face. He hit the side of the train pretty hard and scared the daylights out of us. Once we realized the train hadn't derailed or hit something, we found it very funny.

Very slow and jerky but fun. A couple town musicians got on and played music for us as well.

Type: Train

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Jan 15, 2008
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Travel makes the whole world your classroom”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 7 9 2
Forum Rank:
0 0 3 1 7

Have you been to Mata Ortiz?

  Share Your Travels