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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 153
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: August 05, 2015 06:42PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 153 - 08/05/15

This day in Railroad History

August 5, 1881
The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad reached Durango, Colorado. Construction on the leg up to Silverton began that same fall and by the next July, the train was hauling passengers and mine ores in and out of the San Juan Mountains. From the very beginning, the rail line to Silverton was promoted as a scenic passenger route, even though the train hauled more than $300 million worth of gold and silver before it was isolated by abandonment in the late 1960's. Since then, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway has continued to provide year-round service with a historical train composed of rolling stock original to the line. The engines used to pull today's trains are still 100% coal-fired, steam-operated, maintained in original condition.

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