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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and 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 and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and 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. By using our Durango online day trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and other attractions in Durango.
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  • What an excellent day. We departed the station in Durango at 8:15 am in the open air glass top train. It was a little cold. So if it’s September go bundled up. As the sun came out it got better... 
    What an excellent day. We departed the station in Durango at 8:15 am in the open air glass top train. It was a little cold. So if it’s September go bundled up. As the sun came out it got better...  more »
  • We did the steam train in the Red Mountain car. We had our own table which was really nice. You could go outside or walk around. Our conductor was Brandon and he was very knowledgeable and funny... 
    We did the steam train in the Red Mountain car. We had our own table which was really nice. You could go outside or walk around. Our conductor was Brandon and he was very knowledgeable and funny...  more »
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  • This was an amazing train ride. Purchase parking ahead of time to save yourself the time and hassle. The parking lot is huge and you can park there all day, until 2300. The railroad experience was break taking. The train is awesome and the views are like none other. Well worth the price. I had an open air gondola and it was very nice and comfortable. With no AC, this car was cool and comfortable, unlike the hot stuffy coach cars. Even with some rain, the roof protected me from the rain. My only suggestion is to bring a sweatshirt regardless of the forecast. It was warm and sunny when we left Durango, but cool (55*) and raining in Silverton. I actually got mildly cold on the ride home.
  • Be fully aware that this is a long train ride. 3 and 1/2 hours there and three and a half hours back. And only 2 hours to experience Silverton. The views were amazing and your camera will get a workout. Extremely recommend getting the best nicest most comfortable seats they offer as it will be imperative for your tolerance of the ride. Alternatively you could simply drive there in a fraction of the time if you are strictly interested in Silverton. Certainly worth investigating if you are curious about going.

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