On Apil 30th, we had a wonderful time riding the Durango-Silverton scenic railway. Unforunately, due to the danger of avalanche in the early Spring, the train only goes halfway to Silverton (26 miles). We missed the full ride to Silverton by only a few days. The first full 40-some mile run for the season was slated to begin the next Saturday. It was still a good ride since the railroad is one of the few scenic railroads running vintage coal fired steam engines.
I selected an RV campground (United RV) just north of town right next to the tracks. After settling in, that evening we noticed a herd of deer wandering around the grounds.
Here is a photo of the park from the train which we boarded the next day.
Although comfortable, the open air coach car would be preferable for picture taking.
The train stopped for an hour at Cascade valley for a turn around and a lunch break.
I had a fellow passenger take this picture of Ina and me at the Durango station.
|Ina found a boyfriend, but he's kind of boring. :)|
The railroad museum at the Durango station is worth visiting. Access is free. There I spied this turn of the century printing of downtown Durango (below). The classic architecture of the hotel on the right side of the street is still impressive today (above).
Among the antique locomotives are several beautifully restored Ford autos.
We lingered at the RV park the next day waiting for the train to pass by the park on it's morning run. The train as it passes the park is on an upgrade and is chugging away under full throttle. I figured it would make a great picture (at the top of this page) and a great video (below).