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“Polar Express” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
479 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301
970-247-2733
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Ranked #3 of 28 attractions in Durango
Type: Scenic Railroads, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
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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.
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“Polar Express”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

This is a must do for little ones; though we saw many adults who had no children and were having a great time all the same. If you haven't seen Polar Express, might be worth doing so the narration on the train makes sense. There is a short reenactment before boarding the train, and it's really a neat moment when that big locomotive comes towards you. I would recommend sitting on the right side (when faced towards the front) since Santa is visible at first, though the train somehow switches and you will get the same view coming back. But first impressions and all...We did the Deluxe option which includes a mug and everyone gets hot chocolate. If you are with a bigger group, the Deluxe section has chairs that can flip around so they face your friends/family instead of forward. Santa and the staff make a visit, and cookies are also served. Great experience for the little ones, especially when everyone on board (adults included) were handed songbooks and joined in singing it together. Santa was on hand in the museum later to take photos with the kids (long line). Well worth the drive.

Visited December 2012
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Phoenix, AZ
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“The Polar Express brought to life!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

This was my first trip on the D&SNG at night, as my other four trips have been on the standard run to Silverton. This time though, we made a special trip (from Phoenix [7 hr car drive]) to expereince the Polar Express with our three kids (all under the age of 7). We upgraded to the San Juan car for a little extra space and the club car seating. We booked the first train (out of the three that run) so the kids would not be too tired. You'll want to get close to the front door of the depot that exits to the train, so that when the door opens you can stand up front and under the heaters to watch the skit as the engine chugs into the station. For me, this was the most magical part of the evening. The Polar Express music playing as the locomotive huffs and puffs into view, emerging from clouds of steam and smoke - it was really a magical moment - and no special effects - it was the real deal - a true coal fired steam locomotive, at night and in winter - amazing!

As we have done the Polar Express in Williams, AZ, the ride itself in the coach was not that unfamiliar, although I would give the nod to the D&SNG railroad for making the trip a bit more authentic in the coach, but the real over the top expereince is the locomotive!

This is a no-brainer trip and worth the exspense. The kids were so excited and jumping up and down with enthusiasm. A honest to goodness cherished family memory. Thanks D&SNG railroad!

Visited December 2012
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Plano, Texas
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“You must ride the train for any age!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

The Polar Express Train ride was awesome. A fun train ride served with hot cocoa or apple cider, chocolate cookie and lots of singing, dancing and entertainment, plus picking up Santa from the north pole!!! It's very cold outside so bundle up tight but comfortable once your on the train. Santa gives a gift to every child and poses for pics with everyone that wants it. After the ride you get free admission to the museum, get to view live reindeer and then you can take professional pics with Santa and talk with Mrs. Claus.You can shop in the reasonably priced gift shop before hand since you have to be there 30 min before departure. There were 2 adults, 2 teens and a toddler. We all loved it!

Visited December 2012
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“Polar Express”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We experienced the Polar Express in Durango and it was the most awesome train ride ever. Upgrade to at least the Prospector car for a magical journey to the North Pole. You will believe...

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“The Most Popular in Durango”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Samuel Peeps said unquote "if you don't love London you don't love life".

Well in Durango if you don't love the Durango and Silverton Railroad you don't love life.

This is on the top of every child's list and a must for any railroad lover.

The Museum is what I have done recently. The roundhouse and the museum are in the same area. The fee for the museum is very modest, about $5.00.


The last time I road the train was several years ago. My wife road it last summer.

Visited September 2012
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