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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Rode the bus to Silverton & the train back to Durango. The train ride was long and slow, but we were entertained the entire trip by a lady in period costume who really knew her history. It’s not cheap to ride, but it was worth every penny.

Thank pauleA7615PA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a thoroughly enjoyable ride to and from our destination that day and the train is like stepping back in time. The museum was so interesting and everyone was friendly and helpful. What a great day we had!

Thank aruka2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Expen$ive "first class" ride under the glass roof, and got some special souveniers and beverages and snacks for spending twice the $ of the cheap seats. We really enjoyed our "host" who had been with the Railroad many years and knew a lot about many interesting things and places we passed enroute to and from Silverton. The seats were very comfortable, looking like old First Class seats from old airliners.

The only thing they really needed was to CLEAN the coach and the seats as they were quite soiled and stained.

But the scenery of the Animas River Canyon was, as always, AWESOME, and the trees just starting to change colors.

Thank flyhigh96
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Best time is the fall when the Aspens are turning. Recommend paying extra for back car for protection in the event of rain or colder weather. Also you get some extras. Ride out to Silverton is relaxing but long. Also recommend you take bus back unless you want another 3 hours on the train. If you want to eat lunch in Silverton head to restaurant right away as time in Silverton is limited. If no lunch then you have enough time to walk the Main Street and visit the few touristy shops there. Overall it is an enjoyable day and one does not have to be a train buff to appreciate and enjoy.

Thank Joe H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is worth every penny and minute of time. The country it travels is excellent and the on board people are a plus. Silverton is a great stop.

Thank Buddy D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove 5 hours from Denver solely to ride the train and it was completely worth it. The train was a beast of mechanical engineering still powered the old fashion way with coal mined from a nearby town. Ticketing was easy and the seats were comfortable. The thing that was awe inspiring were the views going up the mountain where you cross bridges and hug the riverbed. A really great experience. Now, the train moves slowly and it not the most practical way to get around but you aren’t there for speed you are there for the experience. Here its not the destination but the journey. The day we went was on the chilly side and it was nice to be inside and able to walk over to the dinning car to get hot chocolate and coffee. The employees of the railroad were friendly and informative and the volunteer who was available to tell stories and answer questions was great. The one thing I couldn’t understand were all the people sitting in the open gondola. They were bundled up like eskimos and still looked miserable. On a nice day I can see the gondola being an amazing experience so check the weather for the time you want to go. If its 50 degrees or under dont chance the outdoor car. Silverton is exactly what you would expect and you felt as if you were on a movie set. Least friendly people I met on this trip worked here across the entire town so dont expect any hospitalization, maybe becasue it was the end of the season they had enough of tourists. We took the bus back, which is a lot quicker 1.30 hours vs 3 hours by train and the bus driver was great telling the history of the area. The ride back is also an experience and that highway hugs the side of the mountain with steep drop offs. Get on the drivers side of the bus for the best views.

3  Thank paulkelly540
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had made this trip before - about 20 years before. We booked the Parlor Car and were glad we did. The service was great.

We gained some special memories along the way. On the way up to Silverton we had some sort of a mechanical failure and had to wait for the repair guy to arrive and fix us. It only took about a half hour and was actually fun.

On the day we made the trip a film crew was filming an I-Max film of the train. On the way back to Durango the very expensive drone with the I-Max camera attached actually crashed into our car. No damage to the train but scratch one drone. MEMORIES!!

Thank 929BillB929
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have lived in Pagosa Springs for three years and have always wanted to ride the train. A recent family visit gave us the opportunity to make a day of it and what a day it was!!! We had an amazing time on the train. We rode in October and the scenery was just breathtaking all the way to Silverton and back! One of the things that made our trip extra space was our brakeman/tour guide, Chris Remlinger! He had a great personality, made everyone feel welcome and shared great stories with us along the way! Don't wait to experience the Durango/Silverton train ride - DO IT NOW! A great experience with memories that will last a lifetime! Don't miss the train museum either, it's free and has a lot of great history to share!

Thank CactusCrafter
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only visited the museum as we only had one full day in Durango itself.

The museum was lovely and lots of different things in there for all ages. The guides were great and told you all about the history of durango and the steam railway itself.

Its worth a visit if your passing.

Thank XGemma S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Durango we always splurge on this train. Scenery is wonderful, employees friendly and attentive. Got on at Rooknook this trip near our B&B and was great - free, easy parking and the part of the trip along the highway from downtown Durango is deleted.

1  Thank kiefer
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