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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

Address: 479 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301
Phone Number: 970-247-2733
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Durango
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Owner description: Hop aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that travels along the same railroad tracks that...
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: Hop aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that travels along the same railroad tracks that miners, cowboys and the early settlers of the Old West used over a hundred years ago. The route winds in and out of canyons and past open wilderness affording great views. The price of a ticket also includes admission to the D&SNGRR Museum and the Silverton Freight Yard Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Love love the this train and train depot. We didn't go on the polar express but my boys loved watching the train move and it was getting really to go on its trip. Don't miss going and looking at the train depot and steam train.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Kids loved it! Almost as much as snowmobiling at the Ski area with snowmobile adventures, next year they can ride a snowmobile by themselves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I took my twin 3 year old boys to the Polar Express because they love trains and love Santa, what better way to celebrate the season then going on the PE. I do suggest taking a Dramamine if you get motion sickness; I had read an early post saying the train rocks and it does!!! It was a blast but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The Polar Express ride in Durango gets 5 star rating from this dad. Our four year old girls absolutely lit up with anticipation and the smiles and giggles didn't stop all night. The staff is incredible and they all seemed to genuinely enjoy what they were doing. And riding in a hundred plus year old steam locomotive is a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This trip is not just one for steam enthusiasts only, the trip up through the Animas River valley into the mountains is, as another reviewer has said, unmissable. Although traveling both ways by train does cut down a bit on free time in Silverton itself - the restaurants do get especially busy when the train arrives, so head straight for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

A great trip along the scenic Animas River to Silverton. The carriages are comfortable and the return trip will take most of the day but book ahead to ensure a ticket as this is a very popular excursion.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is a great was to spend a day. We chose to take the bus there and ride the train back. If I were to do this again I'd do it the same way. Riding the bus gives you a different scenic view than the train both ways and you won't have to leave quite so early and it will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We were able to see the museum after riding the Polar Express. The museum had some interesting items in it and was worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

After the train tour to Silverton, I used the ticket and returned the next day for a behind-the-scene tour of the train sheds and yard. The time spent in the museum grounded the trip from the day before. Our guide, although very young, was knowledgeable, thorough and answered all of the questions that our small group had. There are no... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Never again will we spend $500 to ride this train. A day at DisneyWorld would cost less!! Food once you arrive in Silverton is overpriced, second rate garbage. The train staff really push you to dine at the local Handlebar DIVE- dive is only word to describe it.

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