Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rolls again

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rolls again

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A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train goes over an area of track Friday morning that was destroyed by flood water and debris in July after more than a half inch of rain fell in the 416 Fire burn area north of Hermosa. Two trains filled with passengers left Durango for Silverton on Friday for the first time in almost two months.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rolls again

A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train goes over an area of track Friday morning that was destroyed by flood water and debris in July after more than a half inch of rain fell in the 416 Fire burn area north of Hermosa. Two trains filled with passengers left Durango for Silverton on Friday for the first time in almost two months.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rolls again

“I’m so happy the train’s running again, I’m going to cry,” said Blanche Harmon, as she wiped away tears after waving to passengers leaving the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad depot on Friday. The railroad estimates it lost about 60,000 passengers this summer.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rolls again

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rolls again

Garrett Bonds, owner of Bonds Construction, examines two 8-foot round culverts that have been placed below the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge tracks that his company rebuilt north of Hermosa. Water and debris flows destroyed the track in July. Two trains filled with passengers left Durango for Silverton on Friday for the first time in almost two months.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rolls again

Several miles of track were damaged this summer as a result of rains on the 416 Fire burn area, which caused floods and mudslides that wiped out the tracks north of Hermosa. Some sections of track sustained more damage than others.
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