Riding The Rails Into The Wild West
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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado, USA
I took this photo while vacationing there, by snapping it when the train was rounding a sharp curve on the mountain and was able to get the front of the train by leaning out the window a bit from one of the rear cars.
The City of Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881, and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, amazingly, only 9 months after construction began, the tracks to Silverton were completed and the train began hauling both freight and passengers.
The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious.
This historic train has been in continuous operation for nearly 125 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives into the Wild West.
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