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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, Durango
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Rumble through the high rocky cliffs and canyons of Colorado on one of the country’s oldest railways at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum. The 19th-century heritage railroad features coal-fired, steam-powered locomotives transporting passengers between the towns of Durango and Silverton. Wind your way through the Colorado wilderness past picturesque western towns and stretches of breathtaking scenery. Stop by the railway museum and Silverton Freight Yard before leaving to learn more about the railroading industry in the late 1800s. Wear sunglasses on the train to protect against the coal steam. Work out when and for how long to visit Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum and other Durango attractions using our handy Durango vacation trip planner.
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This is a must ride if you like steam trains and like the feel and sound of the old train rides. This is a beautiful ride up and back with the most spectacular view anywhere in Colorado. I will do thi... read more »
My husband and I just took the round trip rail from Durango to Silverton to see the fall colors. What a great experience overall. If you can, book a first class ticket so you have your own table. The ... read more »
We went to this train ride the second week of October. The weather was beautiful and we saw beautiful fall colors. We rode the bus up to Silverton and rode the train back. My sister said it was too mu... read more »
I recently took a trip to Durango, CO. (I live in Texas) and the train was the best part of my trip by far. All the staff were very nice and pleasant and the train schedule is extremely punctual. I was riding in an open gondola where you can stick your head out of the train car and see an amazing view. It's a four hour ride one-way that goes by the mountains and the Animas River and it's just a really wonderful trip. Also many brakemen on the train are very handsome! The train museum at the station in Durango is also very interesting with information on trains and the wildlife in Durango and Silverton so be sure to stop by there too!
If you love steam trains this is a must do. Scenery is amazing. Upgraded for the trip to the open air Silver Vista car which is open air but very comfortable. Keep in mind the weather going up to Silverton is very unpredictable and even on a warm day can true chilly and rainy without warning so bring a jacket or sweatshirt. We did the train up and back and it is a long day but it was fun.
RIDER BEWARE :: mechanical issues brake failure bad brakes down hill poor maintained ::Recently we were looking for something to do when I visited Denver Colorado with my Grandson. I found the Darango to Silverton steam train and Historic Hotel. So after many attempts to make a reservation I was successful train ride to Silverton and a overnight stay at the grand Imperial . When we arrived the day of are ride the train was on the tracks ready to go but when I saw the steam locomotive I though it it looked very very poorly maintained meaning leaks every were and a coated skin of sand and dirt covering the engine and locomotive. Then I realized that this was not are 930 train but a extra train to cover for the train the day before that blew a piston the day before stranding all the passengers on the mountain that they had to send a diesel after them. Thinking nothing of it like a one time thing we got on are train. Enjoying the ride for the first few hours then another unscheduled stop for around 30min to “ fix a oiler” along with stopping for hikers and other camping and lodging stops with awesome views we finally rolled in to Silverton. Again I took photo of are train and this locomotive also was leaking everywhere and coated with a very layer of grid everywhere. Typically you want to keep your motor clean so when a leak shows itself you know it will need serving soon. A very original western town. The room, food and people at the Grand Imperial were amazing and I would suggest eating nowhere else. Know for are ride back all good for the first hour or so then more unscheduled stops for mechanical issues. After another 45min they tell us the brake system is failing and we need to wait for the train behind us to pull us back down hill all the way which we were told they have never done before. Well after about another 90 min another dirt coated steamer train pulls along side and then all the conductors look very nervous and start running back and forth in the train carts with a giant wooded club doing something to the train cars. I over heard a older couple asks if this has ever happened before and he said no! What about the blown piston train a few days before ? I could tell they were really concerned. I think we sat there for like 2 hours. Well they had to disconnect are locomotive and connect the entire other train to Ares and headed down the mountain inches for the edge all the way remembering they have never had a train so long before. Hey if the steam train looked like they maintained their trains this brake system failure wouldn’t have happen and I wouldn’t have a issue. Not to say the very rugged mountain we were stopped on and uncalled for I will not be riding again till I see a maintain steamer . Dont get me wrong the God made country is like no other
Amazing views, fun train, we'll worth the time. I took the open car, which was fun, but bring sunglasses to keep occasional Ash out of your eyes. Very bouncy train, but super fun and well worth a trip!
This is a must! Unbelievable views from the train. I highly recommend you take the the shuttle to Silverton and then train ride back to Durango. Gives you three and a half hours of riding train which is plenty. Several people told me the round trip train ride was a little too much. We rode in the outside car and it was awesome. Our eyes were a little red for days from the soot from the train but it was worth it.
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