Riding The Rails Into The Wild West

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© Lanis Rossi
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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.

20 responses

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    Fantastic Shot

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    Excellent! I loved that trip. We were there on a warm early Fall day. (http://jpgmag.com/photos/2228764)

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    Gorgeous scenic area! What a terrific capture (glad you didn't lean too far!!) ☺

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    I vote to have our next JPG meetup in Colorado! Beautiful shot Lanis!!! Thank you for the lesson too.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Old school cool.

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Very nostalgic indeed, Lanis!!!

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Thats cool!

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Cool indeed!

  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    fantastic capture, beautiful composition

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (30 Mar 2011):

    Awesome shot

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   gave props (30 Mar 2011):

    Nice shot! My favorite subject to photograph.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (30 Mar 2011):

    Very cool!!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Mar 2011):

    Sometimes there is a certain amount of risk involved in getting the perfect shot like what you captured here....As Susan says, I am glad you didn't lean out too far☺ It looks like a steep drop off...

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (31 Mar 2011):

    This is the "granddaddy" of them all, Lanny, and a classic shot!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 Apr 2011):

    WoW !!! brilliant entry!!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (3 Apr 2011):

    Looks like an old western movie! Love it!

  • HorseWithNoName

    HorseWithNoName   gave props (5 Apr 2011):

    Beautiful shot!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (14 Apr 2011):

    fantastic!! what a great capture....

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (22 Sep 2011):

    wonderful capture and entry. love the steam!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    Excellent entry!

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