Durango / Silverton Railroad

Today John and I rode the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad from Silverton to Durango. We took a bus this morning into Silverton, spent about two hours in the town and then rode the train back to Durango.

The weather today was absolutely perfect. The sky was blue and the temperature in Silverton was probably about 60 degrees. I think the weather forecast was for a high of about 50, but it seemed warmer than that to me, although I did have my fleece on. In any case, it was a great day for a train ride.

Since we had gone to Silverton yesterday, we decided to look around the parts of the town that we had missed or skimmed by in yesterday’s trip. We spent more time on Blair Street (the old red light district) and also visited the post office to pick up some stamps and mail a couple of scenic post cards to my niece and nephew.

One kind of cool place we visited in town was a place called Quiet Bear Art. We were greeted by the artist, who clearly loves his work. His prices were very reasonable and I was tempted by a number of his pieces. But I am not buying any “stuff” right now, so I resisted.

The train ride was very scenic, but it was difficult to take photos. We rode in the brand new Silver Vista open air car and had quite comfortable seats and Sally provided us with terrific service. Our car was at the back of the train (second to last car), so we did not get as much soot as most of the other riders; however, it was very difficult to get any shots of the engine, even when we were going around curves.

A number of years ago we both rode the Cumbres & Toltec train from Antonito, CO to Chama, NM and really enjoyed it. That train had completely different scenery and had fewer “frills” for its riders. But both John and I agree that we enjoyed that experience a bit more than this one.

So, if you want to do a scenic narrow gauge railroad trip, we suggest you check them both out and pick the one that suits your tastes the most. Here are a couple of links with more information:

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

I have added a couple of photos and a partial panorama of the train experience to the web site.

Today we saw two Prii: a Salsa red one in Durango and a Barcelona red one in Silverton.

Tomorrow we go to Moab. We will be visiting Canyonlands and Arches on Wednesday.

© Karen Bell 2012