Located along the banks of the Rio Grande between Espanola and Taos is the remains of the railroad station at Embudo. The word embudo means "funnel" in Spanish and it describes how the Rio Grande valley narrows into a deep canyon at the site.
This was a helper station at the base of the 4 percent grade that climbs out of the canyon and on to Barranca. Locating engineers found this the least difficult grade out of the valley and if you have ever been north into the massive Rio Grande gorge then you will know why.
A Depot, Freight House, Turntable and Water Tank were all here at one time. Crews could get a hot meal at the Eating House and catch some sleep in the Bunk House. The turntable was a concrete walled pit with a steel girder bridge.