Tony & Judy's Four Corners Trip Summer 2010 travel blog

Durango RR Station

Arriving to catch the train

Hitching up the locomotive

Ready to go

Our car

Passing under the highway

A lake along the way

Lots of smoke from the steam engine

Animas River

Along the canyon

Crossing the river

Animas River

Mountain Scenery

Mountain Scenery

Footbridge across the river

Silverton in sight

Arriving Silverton

Disembarking Silverton

By the steam engine in Silverton

Main Street Silverton

Local establishment

Our restaurant

In front of Grumpy's restaurant

Old time piano player in Grumpy's

Old car

Old truck

Courthouse in Silverton

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.

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