Durango to Silverton

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Durango to Silverton

Post by dbhguru » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:38 pm

WNTS-ENTS,

Today Don, Rhonda, Monica, and I took the scenic Durango to Silverton RR. It was a kind of celebration to the end of the first WNTS rendezvous. As the ride was last year, it was a real hoot. The trip is a little over 45 miles one way and follows the Animas river. There is old growth through the Animas River gorge, but alas, all we could do is look at it as we passed by.

The elevation at the start is 6,520 feet at the Durango station. The elevation at the end in Silverton is 9,308 feet. Our return was by bus over 10,910-ft Molas Pass and 10,640-ft Coal Bank Pass. The return trip allowed us to view scenery from the U.S. 550 corridor.

The trains of the scenic railway are one of two big attractions. The other is just the incredible scenery along the way. The first three images show the train and the last two focus on the scenery.
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TrainCloserSmall.jpg
TrainCurveSmall.jpg
TrainWestNeedlesSmall.jpg
This last image shows 13,972-foot Pigeon Peak.
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Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

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