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Old Oct 16, 2012, 4:48 PM   #1
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After RMNP we headed south to Durango a nice little town in Colorado. My main reason for the stop was the old narrow gauge steam railroad. The train goes north to the town of Silverton along the Animas River canyon through the San Juan mountains. What a ride, my photos just can't do it justice you have to experience it. This historic train has been in continuous operation for 130 years. The train climbs over a half mile in elevation along the 45 mile trip.

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The train dead ends in Silverton where the track just stops in the middle of town. It turns around for the return trip. During the summer they have 4 trips per day, in the fall they have 2. They have restored the engines and cars and have a great operation.

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What an awesome looking town. This reminds me of Harpers Ferry WV.

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Another fascinating part of your trip well-photographed. Very nice results, despite the harsh light.
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Hans, we should have stayed in Durango and taken that steam train to Silverton, but having driven over the San Juan Mt. I had had enough of looking down precipicesí. Your shots make me realize what a great adventure we missed.

Your great pictures have at least taken me there with you.

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Love the shots of the choo-choo train...I took a ride on one near Mt. Rainer in Washington State. I've hear of this RR and would love to get there myself...your pictures are prompting me to make plans! The touch of fall colors is very nice too.

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Awesome shots! I want to go! What a wonderful trip, I think Durango just got added to my list of places to visit.
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Looks like another lovely part of a great trip you made. What beautiful countryside.

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Thanks all for the comments, The train runs year round but not all the way to Silverton in the winter, I just missed the photo run by 2 days. They stop the train in several places, let the potogs out, back up the train and let you get some shots in good locations with the fall colors and the train coming , sounds like fun, the snow sounds like it would make some cool shots also.

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Looks like a great ride! The Orange Blossom Cannonball is nothing like it. Very short they backup for about 20 minutes, stop and go through a little robbery, and head back to the station. I would love to try this.
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