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“Great Views of the Mountains!”

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
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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.
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had the best time on our little railroad trip. We booked the club car so there were real seats and no kids and we could actually have a drink as we watched the scenery move by. Our guide was top notch and pointed out so many interesting sites plus had a wealth of wonderful tales to share with us. Someone had suggested that we ride the train up and take the bus back, but we decided to ride the train both ways and really enjoyed it.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Great experience! Beautiful scenery. Caught the 8:45 am train and rode up to the historic town of Silverton by lunchtime. Had to be back to the train at 2:20pm for the ride back to Durango. My only disappointment is that is not enough time to explore the town! Will have to go back. The train has concessions (drinks and snacks) we bought the $10 guide book to read on the train and highly recommend it if you don't pop the $$$ to be on the narrative coach. People of all ages had a great time. As others have said, beware the open air gondola as the cinders really fly back and settled on you, wear dark colors :)

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

This was my second experience here... the first was about 50 years earlier. We chose the Parlor Car, which is the tail end of the train. The service inside was personal and excellent. The view of the mountains was excellent and standing on the end of the car was a treat.

The disadvantage of this car is that it is far from the steam engine and if the experience of steam is the goal (which it should be at least once), then the open gondola or other cars should be selected.

One can select a two way trip on the train to Silverton, or one way via bus. To Silverton is the smoothest ride and the most impressive feel of a steam railway. Silverton to Durango is down hill and not as smooth. Both are wonderful.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We enjoyed this train ride quite a bit. We sat in the open air car and even when it rained a bit we didn't get wet. The only downside is the flying embers that will cover you from head to toe, eyes included. Bring sunglasses and wear dark clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. But there is no other way to see the scenery and I think the open air car is the best way to experience the ride. We took the train both ways and that was too much for some in our group, but if you have patience and enjoy looking at the mountains, I think it's a fine way to go. We had less than 2 hours in Silverton though, so if you really want to see the town, drive up yourself on a different day. Definitely purchase tickets far in advance in the peak summer months or you won't get the seats you want (or no seats at all).

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

The scenery is beautiful and it's nice to take a meandering ride into the valley to the funny little western town of Silverton. It reminded us of "Cecily, Alaska" from the TV show Northern Exposure!

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