(All information from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR)
This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. The D&SNGRR travels 45.4 miles each way along the Animas River from Durango to Silverton during the summer season, May through October.
The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious.
The D&SNGRR sustained severe track damage between Hermosa and Rockwood as a result of a severe thunderstorm which swept through the Four Corners area on Tuesday, July 24.
The railroad’s maintenance of way (MOW) team, in collaboration with several engineering consulting firms and specialized contractors retained by the company, is currently assessing the extent of the extensive damage, and the time, materials, and resources required to repair it. Because the aforementioned section of track cannot be used at this time, the D&SNGRR will resume passenger service with slightly modified daily excursions to the mining town of Silverton.
There will be two daily train excursions to Silverton beginning Sat. July 28. Guests will be transported from the Durango depot via Highway 550 past the damaged section of track to the railroad’s Rockwood station just north of Durango where they will board the train. The train will depart from Rockwood to Silverton and then return to Rockwood and Durango in the same manner. This modified trip includes the iconic Horseshoe Curve, High Bridge and all of the Animas River gorge including the spectacular views from the High Line. These amended trips will remain in place through at least Wednesday, August 15, while the track repairs are ongoing and other erosion prevention structures are installed.