Saturday, July 17, 2010

Durango to Silverton train // fourteeners // mountain views

Yesterday we rode the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge (to make the hairpin turns) Railroad. It was a wonderful adventure and the scenery was breathtaking. Here is a picture of our conductor ("tickets, tickets, please"). The conductor, the breakman and the engineer had quite a job yesterday. The day was unusually hot and the train started fires along the tracks. I guess this is not an unusual event, as there is an entire water train that follows along after every train, We had to stop twice so the water train could catch up to us, as it was taking a long time to get the fires under control. Probably the hardest working person on the train has to be the fireman. He shovels coal the entire time we are on the train, which is (on a normal day) 3 and a half hours. Yesterday took four and a half hours, due to the fire and water train delays.

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