Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Durango to Silverton Train

We are in Durango, Colorado or just 3 days for 1 reason, to ride the famous Durango to Silverton train. We go 45 miles to Silverton, spend two hours having lunch and shopping and then we head the 45 miles back to Durango.  We boarded the train at 8:15 a.m. and returned at 6:00 p.m.  It was a beautiful ride along the banks of the Animas River, with views of the mountains, rafters, old mine sites, bridges, and the area in general.  We decided to take the Narrated Coach.  We had Charles on the way to Silverton and Sue on the way back to Durango.  They filled us in on what we were seeing and the history of the area.  Each played a real character from the old west and were dressed in period clothing.  It was very informative.  We had a nice lunch at Grumpy's Saloon in Silverton, with piano player Lacy Black tickling the ivories as we ate. Then we shopped a bit, buying a few items for our new house, whenever that is!  When we got back to Durango, we had a delicious dinner at Guido's Italian Restaurant and Marketplace. Tomorrow, our last day here, we are shopping all day.

Our campsite in the beautiful Animas Valley

Our engine, Baldwin engine # 482, built in 1925.
Debbie is ready to roll!
Along the cliffs, headed for Silverton
The Animas River is really running fast from the snow melt
Beautiful Scenery
Majestic waterfalls
Crossing a tressel

Downtown Silverton, population around 300
The County Courthouse in Silverton

                                            We took this video of the train going by our campsite the afternoon before we took the train.

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