A Leap Into The Past on an Old Time Railroad

Engine 482: built in the 1880s and still going strong
Engine 482: built in the 1880s and still going strong

Recently I rode the railroad. Not just any railroad, but the Durango & Silverton RR which is driven by a coal fired steam engine built in the 1880s. Wow, and I thought I was old!

The route follows the Animas river from Durango to Silverton in Colorado through the picturesque Rocky mountains and while almost always very scenic, at times the views are downright sensational: mountain peaks in the distance as the train curves around a bend above the tumbling white water of the Animas river and traversing the ledge of a cliff with just inches to spare above a precipitous drop. To be fair, the first part of the 3 1/2 hour ride, maybe 30-45 minutes is through the flatlands outside of Durango which, while of some interest, does not include the spectacular scenery encountered up canyon. Still the ride is, well, really cool. READ MORE…

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One thought on “A Leap Into The Past on an Old Time Railroad”

  1. Fabulous mountain views! It is nice to also see photos of you in your travelog. Beautiful views and lovely women-sounds like a Colorado Mountain high experience! Old trains bring back memories of growing up in Europe and traveling by train. That chug-a-chug tap-tap sound is hypnotizing and you never forget it.

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