Riding the steam-driven, narrow-gauge train to Silverton is the biggest attraction for tourists who come to Durango. In 1970 my family took the train to Silverton and the bus back to Durango. Tony and his family did the train both ways in 1973. This was the first time either of us had been back to Durango and this time we took the train and returned on the bus. It saves about two hours.
We rode in the Silver Vista car which is a re-creation of one that burned in the 1950’s. It included our own tour guide, a retired woman geologist. The trip was informative and interesting. The Silver Vista has a clear glass top, so no view was obstructed. The train follows the 45 mile Animas River Gorge to Silverton which has maintained the “Old West” quaint appearance and includes restaurants, shops and hotels. We had lunch at Grumpy’s Restaurant and enjoyed a rag-time piano player.