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“Durango to Silverton Trainride” 4 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.
Riverside, California
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“Durango to Silverton Trainride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We picked an ideal time to go. All the leaves changing colors and smaller crowds. We really enjoyed the beauty all around us. I've wanted to do this ride for 20+ years. We really enjoyed it. If we had been allowed on the platforms between the cars to take pictures and enjoy the scenery more, it would have been a better trip

Visited October 2013
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Cheshunt, England, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant trip.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I last rode the line in the year 2000. I just had to do it again, and I was not disappointed. The whole trip is run very efficiently by friendly and helpful staff. The scenery is almost out of this world. There are many places on the route where you say to yourself, "How on earth did they build this line all those years ago?" Silverton itself is well worth the visit. A visit to the museum at Durango is well worth making. We also booked a tour of the workshops, which is a small extra cost. Our guide was Gary who was brilliant. It was great to be able to see locos being worked on, and whilst we were on the tour we were able to see one of the coaches being lifted for maintenance. One word of advice. Whilst it can be warm, even hot in Durango, it can get cold in Silverton. So be prepared to take extra warm clothes. This is a must do trip.

Visited September 2013
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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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“Perfect day trip, especially if you have out-of-town guests -- but take the bus back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Sweet ride, cool scenery!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Nice little trip from Silverton in Gondola! Was a little chilly so bundle up! Yummy Rusty Stake aka hot nutty Irishman helped to warm us up. Coffee is served cowboy style! ;) Jordan stepped right in to help any way he could! I appreciated his kindness. Chris at the Silverton depot was also very friendly and helpful. Overall, a very good experience and everyone should do this at least once in their lifetime!

Visited October 2013
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Mission Viejo, California
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“Great trip. Beautiful scenery. Terrific staff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

A friend and I made this trip towards the end of October, 2013, and it was a great experience. We had seats at a table in the 'Prospector' car which was a closed car and it was warm and cozy.. I wondered how the passengers in the 'open' car were doing on the way back as it rained and snowed on that leg of the trip? We had been advised, by friends, to sit on the right hand side going up to Silverton and this was great advice.
Our Attendant, Heather, was very knowledgeable on the history of the railway and also did a running commentary on the scenery and points of interest all along the way.
Heather also supplied refreshments - like tea - coffee - bottled water, beer - and more. She did such a great job and we thank her very much.
Great experience and we hope to repeat it one day in the future.

Visited October 2013
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