For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Sep 29, 2016

Durango to Silverton Railroad

My, my how things change. Susan and I decided for her birthday we would take a ride on the narrow gauge railroad that goes from Durango to Silverton, yesterday. We knew, today, that it was going to rain--and so it is.

The town has grown since I was there last in 2010, but the mountains remain the same in all their beauty--this time wearing some beautiful fall outfits. We had a lovely day, topping it off with a wonderful restaurant in Durango called Chimayo.

There's nothing I can say as well as the pictures (amateur as they may be) to describe the day. The weather was beautiful. We are fortunate to be in Colorado in the fall. It IS A SHOW! The Aspens are incredible. (One of the men on the train told an interesting story about them.) This is worth reading and I bet it will shock you . I found it hard to believe that it's not a national monument. The town, itself, is very colorful and supported mostly by the tourists that take a train, bus or car. Purple, orange, pink victorian buildings. We met a lady traveling solo when we got to the restaurant for lunch. We invited her to join us. Her name was Nancy!

I always enjoyed the car ride so it was different to ride the train. Susan and I both agreed that as beautiful as the train ride was, we'd only take it up one time as it's 3-1/2 hours each way, and less than an hour via car or bus.

I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
Ready to board--coffee in hand

Along the way...

Hopefully not a train that didn't make it.

The train stopped at various places to pick up hikers. I would say we picked up 40-50 at one point.

I'm sure my hand or Susan's hand is in someone elses pictures.

A couple of the town...