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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train

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    Constructed by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1881–82, the narrow gauge line from Durango to Silverton climbs nearly 3,000 feet in 45 miles. It was built to carry ore from mines in the San Juan Mountains, but now the scenic route is a major tourist attraction.
    Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train
  • Durango Depot

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    Instead of building a station at the existing town of Animas City along the Animas River, the Denver & Rio Grande established its own town, called Durango, two miles to the south. Durango became the base for the railroad's final push to reach Silverton.
    Durango Depot
  • Animas Canyon

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    To build the railroad through the Animas Canyon to Silverton, workers had to blast a shelf in the canyon wall high above the river.
    Animas Canyon
  • Highline Above the Animas River

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    The shelf above the Animas River, known as the Highline, has been a favorite spot for photographs of the train since its earliest years.
    Highline Above the Animas River
  • Silverton Depot

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    The first train rolled into Silverton in July 1882, less than a year after construction started north from Durango. Today the train remains vital to Silverton's economy, bringing in hundreds of thousands of tourists per year.
    Silverton Depot

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