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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
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Bus to Silverton and Train to Durango Full Day Experience
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Full-Day Trails and Rails Tour in Durango and Silverton CO
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The Upper Animas Silverton Section Full-Day Rafting Trip
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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.
Cocoa, Fl
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“Loved the Durango silverton train ride”
Reviewed September 15, 2006

The Durango Silverton Train ride has got to be one of the most scenic rides in America. We went September 13, 2006. The leaves were stating to turn, the scenery was unbelievable, the train followed the Animas river between mountains 14,000 ft high. The steam engine was great, the passenger cars were wonderful and we sat on the right side of the train going to Silverton which had the best views. We opted to take the bus back and that was a great idea because it was a totally different route going way up high over the mountains. The bus driver was a great tour guide and also works as a brakeman for the train so was very knowledgable. The town of Silverton is such a cool, old western town full of shops and places to eat with 14,000 ft mountains as a backdrop! I highly recommend this trip.

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Beaumont, Texas
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“We loved the train ride..................”
Reviewed August 28, 2006

We had a great experience riding this train in August. Our 4 year old loves trains, & was totally into everything. I agree that a one way trip is enough. We rode back to Durango on a bus that took us for an afternoon rafting trip, which was perfect. We sat in one of the enclosed cars, with the windows open. We did like the view from the fully open cars, but were so glad we could escape the blowing cinders in our car. (It does get all over your clothes). Yes the food in the food car is not the greatest or the cheapest, but we still enjoyed the ride. Beautiful scenery, well worth the time. If you have a child that loves trains (or yourself), don't miss it. We even had to buy our son a dvd of the actual train we were on. He watches it at night before he goes to bed :) We stayed at the Durango Doubletree, right across the street from the station. It was very convenient & a pleasant place to stay. They also have a very nice indoor pool & hot tub that we lived in at night. Also rent a car & drive to Ouray - a very scenic drive & cute town with hot springs.

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Pennsylvania
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“The Durango train is terrible!!!!”
Reviewed July 13, 2006

Our family hated this train trip. It was too long (3.5 hours each way) and on top of that, the train broke down. We were 2 hours late getting into Silverton. It took us more than 5.5 hours to get to Silverton.

The food on the train was terrible and expensive. The expensive soda had no carbonation. The staff gave us very little information about when the train would move again. We had only about 1 hour in Silverton.

We were scheduled to take the train back to Durango but asked to take a bus back. The train company sent 1 bus that could take 40 people back to Durango. We were told to be on the bus by 3:50, but the bus didn't leave until after 5 pm. We sat on the bus all that time, and the bus driver said that he wasn't given the clearance to leave.

We were disappointed that we went on the trip. We would have preferred a raft trip, etc.

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Arizona
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“TRULY ONE OF A KIND ADVENTURE !”
Reviewed July 9, 2006

When creating our itinerary for our Arizona-New Mexico-Colorado-Wyoming "road trip" the
Trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was a "must do" (based on comments by friends of ours)..

We were certainly not disappointed ! - We purchased the tickets on-line, about 2 months in advance. We wanted to be in the "parlor car" (adults only) - inside - with an attendant to serve us complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks or take our drink order.

We stayed at the Doubletree in Durango the night before (see separate review) - then walked over to catch the 9:00 am departure. After being seated - my husband ordered a Bloody Mary -
I ordered coffee - the attendant served us wonderful breakfast pastries.

The trip itself is really hard to describe. Just wonderful sights to see throughout the entire trip. From the parlor car (last car on the train) you could step out onto the platform on the rear to take pictures. (Rule of only 4 people at a time, for a maximum of 10 minutes) - to prevent "platform hogs" - seemed that everyone in our car had plenty of time outside to take pictures and smell the wonderful mountain air.

Strongly recommend taking the train from Durango to Silverton, with the return trip on the
bus. (option provided at time of ticket purchase)

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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“spectacular”
Reviewed June 30, 2006

The train was unbelievable. Better than I expected. The views are incredible.

TIP: Ride the train (on the right side) to Silverton and the bus back. Best way to go.

You board in Durango and ride about 20 or so minutes close to town before you get away from the highway. From there on the best way to describe the train is wonderful. It is a 3.5 hour ride to Silverton. I rode on one of the open air gondolas, which I think is the best choice. I noticed that people from some of the other cars were coming through our car and would stop in ours.

Some other reviews complained about the soot. It is there and but you don’t get covered that bad. Do make sure you have glasses or sun glasses though.

We took the 9:45 train. It was packed out. We bought our tickets about 3 weeks prior to our trip from the website. www.durangotrain.com We received them in about a week. We originally asked for the 9 o’clock train but it was booked up. They emailed me the next day and offered either the later or earlier train. Some of the people on the train bought tickets that morning but I would advise against it. The city seems to be built around the train and skiing.

Silverton is a neat little town of which is really nothing other than souvenir shops and restaurants. We ate at Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant and had the buffet. My wife and I had soft drinks with our meal and paid $26 for the meal total. Food was very good. Staff a little odd though. But I would suggest eating there.
The bus ride back to Durango was also incredible. You get some views that are wonderful. It is a 1.5 hour ride back of some hairy turns, and breathtaking views of many of the mounts that reach 13,000 and 14,000 feet.
Note: The left side of the bus is better. The first ½ mile is a little nerve wrecking if you don’t like heights. But the rest is no problem.

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