Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango

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479 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301 (970) 247-2733

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    Animas River
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    Durango and Silverton Railroad

    by Tom_Fields Written Aug 1, 2012

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    Durango's most celebrated attraction, and a boon to the local economy, is the railroad to nearby Silverton. Using old-fashioned steam locomotives, this train offers a variety of different cars for the traveler.

    Durango began as a railroad in 1880. This line was used in a number of movies, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It's still used for local transportation.

    I sat in the Prospector Car. Each car has its own guide and narrator, who also serves drinks. Mine was a Tennessee gentleman named Bob. The ride is a bit rough, but spectacular.

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    Durango Steam Railroad

    by painterdave Written Dec 27, 2007

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    rounding the bend

    While not inexpensive this ride on a famous steam operated railroad is worth it. The trip will take a full day, but you will have a choice of times. The trail stops in Silverton, and allows for a lunch break.
    This is the same train which Hollywood uses in all those cowboy movies--the bad guys stop the train and rob it, etc.
    Seating is outdoor in an open car, or indoor with windows.
    Just behind the engine is kind of sooty, you might think about this car.
    Bring a jacket as even if it is hot in Durango you will be in much higher altitude and it will be cool.

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    Durango Train

    by ylisa Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Took the train from Durango to Silverton . Need reservations . I suggest taking the open car. Some people in other forums have said smoke was an issue in the open cars and wear darker clothes because of the smoke from the coal's. I didn't experience this but my seat was definilty toward the back . Ask to be on the right side or east side of the train . Best views going up . Then take the bus back . The ride is great but not neccessay to take back . Bus is quicker and our bus driver entertained us and gave us some intresting info which we didn't get on the train going up . You have that option when booking the train to take the bus back .This was the ideal situation ...I believe!!!

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    Durango Train

    by ylisa Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Took the train from Durango to Silverton . Need reservations . I suggest taking the open car. Some people in other forums have said smoke was an issue in the open cars and wear darker clothes because of the smoke from the coal's. I didn't experience this but my seat was definilty toward the back . Ask to be on the right side or east side of the train . Best views going up . Then take the bus back . The ride is great but not neccessay to take back . Bus is quicker and our bus driver entertained us and gave us some intresting info which we didn't get on the train going up . You have that option when booking the train to take the bus back .This was the ideal situation ...I believe!!!

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  • Durango-Silverton Train Ride

    by mrandmrsdevlin Written Aug 18, 2005

    This is something that I highly recommend, as it takes you through the beautiful and scenic mountains of Colorado. Silverton is a cute little mountain mining town which is catered to tourists primarily. The town is neat, but the ride up there is the main attraction.

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    Durango and Silverton Railroad

    by Easty Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    Durango Station

    The Durango and Silverton Railroad offers a 90 mile round trip excursion through the rugged San Juan Mountains from Durango to Silverton. The scenery along the railroad is among the best in Colorado. The journey will take about 9 hours. There are 2 excursions at 8:30 am and 9:00 am and they return by 6:30pm at night. It is well worth the time and money. I highly recommend it!!! For more pictures and information please click here Durango & Silverton RR Scenery Travelogue

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    Durango & Silverton Narrow...

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
    Durango (elev. 6,512 feet) was a railroad town founded in 1880 on the Animas River. 1874 Gold Fever resulted in the early mining settlement of Silverton, 50 miles north (elev. 9,318 feet). The steam train makes the round-trip run from Durango to Silverton, through outstanding scenery.

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