Durango & Silverton Railroad

It is Opening Day for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and we have premium class tickets on the Knight Sky Observation car, the newest flagship car in the fleet, built in Durango and put into service in May 2012. This railroad is an engineering marvel built by the Denver and Rio Grand Railway in 1881-1882, headed by General William Jackson Palmer, so that the mining towns could grow and flourish. After WW II, mineral prices fell and the mines closed, but in the 1950’s Hollywood came to town and the railroad struck pay dirt again. In 1981 it was purchased for $2.2 million and many upgrades and restorations to the rails and coaches were made. Today, the D&SNG is owned by Alan C Harper who we met when he came through our car to visit. Continue reading