We highly recommend that you take this day-trip, which is on the list of the top ten train trips in the world. The rugged scenery is spectacular and it's fun to explore Silverton, an old silver mining town. Don't wear good clothes because you'll be sprinkled with fly-ash from the coal-burning engine. Also, bring a warm sweatshirt or jacket, even in summer -- it snowed on us in Silverton one July Fourth! Reserve months in advance, especially for the summer. Reserve seats on the right side of the train going up -- in an outside car in the summer and an inside one in winter. We suggest you do not buy a round-trip train ticket but rather take the bus back (they will arrange this for you). The train back is nowhere near as scenic because you'll be on the wrong side of the train for the views. It is a wonderful but long day; we and most of our guests think the train trip back is a bit much. The bus gives you a different view and is faster.