If you talk to anyone who’s been to Durango, they’ll almost always ask if you took the train to Silverton. We took the train, but they made us give it back. *That’s a joke.*
And I’m so glad we did. 😀
The day before our train ride, we went through the museum. (G-Man and I are big museum visitors. Just ask our kids!)
He uses most of it going to Silverton, because it’s all up hill. Very UP
That’s Gary standing in for the engineer. Does a great job, doesn’t he?
Some are close to the refreshment car.
We went in a car that had windows that could be opened or closed and wasn’t too far from the food/drink/party car. (We didn’t do the party thing, but some people do.)
I don’t know if you heard about it or not, but there was a spill into that river a few weeks before we headed to Colorado.
When we got there, the main part of the river had cleared up, but all along the edges on the rocks and shore was a yellow stripe. Kind of like a bathtub ring.
Does the little house above look familiar? It’s where Etta Place lived in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
I had hopes, but Robert Redford wasn’t hanging around. 😦
We stopped several times on the way up to pick up campers and hikers and zip liners. I think this was a private home out in that area. Even though it’s a National Forest, private individuals owns pieces of it.
The railway was built–blasted out of the rock of the mountain–to carry silver and gold to the smelter in Durango. Those mines are closed now and very few people live in Silverton all winter long.
But in the summer, it’s a good sized town. They have lots of restaurants and places to shop–because of the train.
We had narrators going and coming. The first was in the character of the man who built the railroad. The second was one of the first lawmen of Durango.
Very interesting and educational.
I’m not sure if little kids would enjoy the time on the train, but I did!
Have you taken the Durango/Silverton train? Which part did you like best?