Written and Filmed by Ashley Olson, wheelchairtraveling.com, April 6, 2022
Durango, Colorado was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1880. 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, 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 Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious.
This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind historic steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. It is a family-friendly ride sure to create memories that will last a lifetime while offering a view of Colorado’s mountain splendor inaccessible by highway. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad! If this is your first time riding with us, we invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the unparalleled scenery along the way. For others who have traveled with us before, and are familiar with our train and western hospitality, we want to thank you for coming back—we’re glad to see you again! So, hop aboard and relive the “Golden Age” on our railroad, A National Historic Landmark that’s truly a unique experience for all.
To all of the passengers and friends of the Durango Train, we make a solemn commitment to you to provide a taste of authentic railroading history presented as it was in 1882. Our family is dedicated to the preservation of history and there is no greater American historical treasure than the D&SNGRR. The ride behind a historic engine chugging away traveling through the ruggedly beautiful San Juan National Forest while observing awesome mountain vistas is truly a thrill!