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“Such a fun train ride!”

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
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Ranked #2 of 47 things to do in Durango
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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 November 6, 2018

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!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank aruka2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank flyhigh96
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Joe H
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Buddy D
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank paulkelly540
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