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Train going thru RV Park - Returning to Durango

Inside Parlor Car

On Mountain ledge with Animas River below

Deep Gorge of Animas River - Deeper than it looks here

Train on ledge

Taking on water


Train ready to leave Silverton - Snow on hills and dirt street

Train on Bridge

Snow-capped Mountains in distance

Saturday, May 2, we drove our house to Durango, CO. It was a nice scenic drive into the mountains even though it rained most all of the way. We arrived at the Universal RV Park, which is at the north end of Durango. We had to set up the motorhome in the rain, which is a lot easier to do then when we had the fifth-wheel trailer about 4 years ago. This RV Park has the railroad tracks of the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gage Train run right through the park. I wonder why I picked this RV Park? We were parked on the front row and we had a view of the tracks right out our front window. About 5:30 that evening we had the two trains returning from Silverton, chug right past us. They used two trains on that day because it was opening day of the summer season.

Sunday morning we had to rise up early to be at the train depot by 7:45am for an 8:15 departure. We paid the extra to ride in the Alamosa Parlor car. We had a girl assigned to just our car to serve us complimentary soft drinks, hot coco, donuts etc. She also had a commentary of everything to look for on our way up into the beautiful mountains and our arrival to the small x-mining town of Silverton. We had a two-hour layover there to eat lunch and visit the shops. We ate lunch at the Handlebars Saloon. This little town reminded us of Skagway, Alaska. Some streets are paved and some of them are still dirt. They have a great deal of snow in the winter and snow was still pilled up against some of the buildings. It was a very cool Sunday when we were there and the wood burning stoves in most of the stores was welcome. When the train starts running again in early May the town seems to perk up. At 2:00pm the trains heads back down to Durango for the 5:30 arrival. The scenery is beautiful on both going and coming trips. The tracks follow the valley of the Animas River most of the way with snow-capped mountains in the background. The pictures I took just don’t look as good as it is in real life. I spent a lot of time on the outside back portal of our car so I could get some pictures. It is a great trip and the sounds of a real coal-burning steam engine bouncing off the walls of the mountains just adds to the scenery.

Tuesday, we are heading east on Hwy 160 to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park.

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