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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge

5 June 2002 - A beautiful day in southwest Colorado and a grand day to ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway.

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On our way north out of Durango, headed for Silverton. Up at the front of our train is K-36 class 2-8-2 #486.

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For most of the way, the railroad parallels the Animas River.

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Along the way the train passes relics such as this old water tank.

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Here we are in Silverton. We have a couple of hours to wander the town, have some lunch....or if you're like me, head out to explore the railroad side of town.

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The other side of our train. #486 will shortly back out to the large wye on the outskirts of town to turn the train.

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The next train to arrive at Silverton after us was this double-header with two 2-8-2's: K-28 class #473 and K-36 class #481.

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#473

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#481

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#493, on display in Silverton, is a K-37 class 2-8-2.

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There is a lot of other rolling stock on display at Silverton, including this little burro crane...

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these stock cars...

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old box cars...

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and tank cars.

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#486 has turned our train on the wye and is backing back into town to load us for the return trip to Durango.

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On our way back I spotted this string of boxcars on a siding.

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There are plenty of opportunities for great shots of the train as we chug along the Animas River.

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The next morning, as we headed north on US-550, we were able to get some shots of the morning train. Another double-header with K-28 class #473 and K-36 class #481.

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