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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado. The railway is a federally designated National Historic Landmark and is also designated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Durango Colorado offers a glimpse into the past of American railroading. Durango owes its very existence to the booming railroad empires of the late 1800s. Durango was founded in 1879 by the Denver and Rio Grande to serve as a hub for the San Juan extension. This city on the banks of the snow-fed Animas River came to life in 1881 when the Denver and Rio Grande railroad’s first tracks were laid there. The railroad arrived inDurango on August 5, 1881. The tracks of the San Juan extension are narrow gauge. These tracks are three feet apart compared to the standard gauge distance of 4’ 8.5”. The narrow gauge San Juan extension was envisioned by General William J. Palmer, engineer and head of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. The narrower rails allowed the railroad to take tighter turns and take up less space, ideal for the mountainous terrain of the San Juan range. [First Image credit Charles W. Bash]

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit Carl Berger

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. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit Tobias

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit Cy Villegas

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit colorado trips

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit Jay

Train in Downtown Silverton, Colora
Train in Downtown Silverton, Colora. Image credit Mark Szulc

Train cars in the station.
Train cars in the station. Image credit the37boxes

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit Rick Horne

Fascinating view down to Silverton along the San Juan Skyway. Close to the lower rim you can see the "Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train" heading northwest to the city.
Fascinating view down to Silverton along the San Juan Skyway. Close to the lower rim you can see the "Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train" heading northwest to the city. Image credit Tobias

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit ChuckCars

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit scott1346

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit colorado trips

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Image credit Gloria Manna

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a heritage railway in the state of Colorado that travels about 73.2 kilometers precisely between Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton. Designed and cut to 914mm narrow gauge route leads over spectacular sections and through gorges and canyons of the San Juan National Forest, in the US state of Colorado.
Engineer & Baldwin Steam Locomotive in Silverton — The precipitation is because the boiler is cooling and instead of producing steam it is producing this precipitation.Image credit Al_HikesAZ


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