Durango train faces tough questions going forward

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Durango train faces tough questions going forward

Railroad will study options to further reduce fire danger in drought years
Large water cars such as this one are used for fighting fires along the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks. D&SNG Owner Al Harper says the railroad will re-evaluate its firefighting measures in light of the 416 Fire. While no official cause of the fire has been determined, Harper said extreme drought conditions pose new risks along the 45-mile route.

Durango train faces tough questions going forward

Large water cars such as this one are used for fighting fires along the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks. D&SNG Owner Al Harper says the railroad will re-evaluate its firefighting measures in light of the 416 Fire. While no official cause of the fire has been determined, Harper said extreme drought conditions pose new risks along the 45-mile route.

Durango train faces tough questions going forward

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Durango train faces tough questions going forward

Spark arresters, which employ a screen and small water nozzles on the smokestacks of steam engines, reduce the chances of hot cinders escaping and starting fires on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Owner Al Harper said this week if investigators determine the train was the cause of the 416 Fire, he will take full responsibility.

Durango train faces tough questions going forward

Pop cars outfitted with a small water tank keep an eye out for fires along the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks. The D&SNG has suspended service until at least the end of June. Owner Al Harper said neither coal- or diesel-powered engines will run until Stage 3 fire restrictions are lifted.
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