Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Reviews
Jul 12, 2006
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad route is through the canyons in the wilderness of the San Juan National Forest. Enjoy the fun of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the tracks built over a century ago.
That's roughly the way they advertise it using a lot less adjectives..
Remember, trains then and trains now are different. Now, trains have better shock abosorbers than they had back over a hundred years ago. So in reality, you spend three and a half hours going 45 miles up the canyon to Silverton, the end of the rail. Spend a little over two hours there and then another 3 1/2 hours riding back down to Durango, jostling, and rocking all the way. It does have a way of tiring you.
There are several types of cars to ride. Open, side facing, glass domed, and inside fully old fashioned cars. You need to decide when placing your reservation what kind you want.
And you do need to make a reservation well in advance.
If you are indeed a train buff, it will be very enjoyable. But otherwise, I suggest doing the one way version, riding the train one way and taking a bus the other. Quicker, and you still get the train ride.
Part of the 2006 Summer around the Western U.S. travel blog
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