Durango to Silverton Historic Steam Railroad

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Eagle Ridge Signatures Inc.

Step back in time to when passenger trains, powered by steam was the best mode of transportation!

  

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The Denver & Rio Grande Railway arrived in Durango on August 5th 1881, by July of 1882 the tracks to Silverton were completed. The line was constructed to haul silver and gold out of the San Juan mountains, but passengers began to realize that it was actually the view that was priceless.  This historic railroad has been in continuous operation for 126 years carrying passengers in vintage passenger cars behind vintage steam locomotives.

This train runs year around between Durango and Silverton, you have a choice of riding in a vintage passenger car or an open are gondola car. It takes you through the backcountry wilderness of the San Juan mountains, and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth!

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 Consessions, snacks and beverages are offered on every train. No matter what time of year you go, you want to dress in layers, especially if you decide to take the open air car. You will be climbing over 3000 feet on the way to Silverton. You also have the choice of going to Silverton on one day and returning to Durango on another day, so you can spend time exploring Silverton.  

They also have a train that takes you to the Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings. They have special events year around. Like the one being held on June 8th-10th, 2007, it's the "Step Back In Time Festival" A celebration of Silverton's boom days.

For those with young children, take an excursion on "Thomas the Tank Engine" that lovable little cartoon train. It's only $16.00 per person.

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How about a trip on the "Polar Express" from Durango to the North Pole? Santa will be onboard! Or how about joining Charlie Brown and the gang for a trip to the Great Pumpkin patch?  The train also takes hikers to a drop off point for the San Juan Nat'l Forest and the Weminuche Wilderness area.  You will be dropped off at the Needleton flag stop which is the entrance to the Chicago Basin and Elk Park and Colorado Trail.  When you have finished your hike or exploring, no matter how many days have passed, return to the drop off point and since this is a flag stop you will need to flag the train down by waving your hands horizontally across you knees and be on the east side of the tracks. You are allowed to carry your backpack and bedding onboard. Of course, if it's been a few days since you've had a chance to bathe, no one will probably want to sit by you, but that's okay.

Whichever route you decide to take, make sure you grab your camera and an extra memory card or two, or extra film. You may run into herds of Elk, Antelope, Big Horn Sheep and the occasional Bear or two. I plan on taking this train this summer, there's just something about an old steam engine that's somehow...romantic?

Visit there website and you'll see what I'm talking about! http://www.durangotrain.com/  Round trip tickets start at $65.00 per person. It's worth every penny!

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(Photos courtesy of Durango to Silveron Railway Museum-Used with permission- Bob Morris)

 

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Rainer
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Ross Willingham
Tomson Real Estate - Stillwater, OK
Realtor Associate
I love the Durango area but don't get up that way very often.  I'm envious of you! :)
May 16, 2007 11:05 AM #1
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Bonnie Marie DeWolfe
Eagle Ridge Signatures Inc. - Pueblo West, CO
I do too Ross! It's a beautiful area! We don't get there too often since my 2 youngest were born, but have decided that now they're older it's time to start our weekend explorations on the bike again. Durango will be one of our 1st destinations! 
May 16, 2007 11:12 AM #2
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
I have always wanted to take that train ride.  We come back to Denver to visit family several times a year so maybe some day.  Very nice post.
May 16, 2007 06:00 PM #3
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Bonnie Marie DeWolfe
Eagle Ridge Signatures Inc. - Pueblo West, CO

Marchel-If you get to go before I do, let me know what you thought about it!  Thanks!

May 16, 2007 09:25 PM #4
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Dena Stevens
Century 21 Canon Land & Investment - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
I've never done this trip and I really want to someday soon. I've done historic train trips in George Town, the ski train from Denver and others around the country. This is why we live where we do, to enjoy the little things.
May 16, 2007 10:28 PM #5
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Jennifer Steck
Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate
Bonnie, Just like everyone else, I have planned to make the trip and just haven't done it. All the photos show me that I'm really missing out. Maybe this summer.....
May 16, 2007 10:33 PM #6
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Bonnie Marie DeWolfe
Eagle Ridge Signatures Inc. - Pueblo West, CO

Jennifer & Dena

When I found out what it cost for a  round trip ticket, I was surprised, I'd always guessed it would start around $100. I don't know why. You can get the really fancy private coaches too, think of Kenny Rogers in the "Gambler" or the old show "Wild Wild West" type of fancy car. I wonder if they ever do a "murder mystery" train? Hmmm.   It's definately on my list of thing to do thi summer!

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