Durango train punches through avalanche paths ahead of summer season

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Durango train punches through avalanche paths ahead of summer season

Tracks buried in 60 feet of snow in some locations
A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad crew clears snow from the tracks this week at a snowslide area south of Silverton. Eight to 10 avalanche slide paths have the potential of covering the tracks between Cascade Canyon and Silverton.

Durango train punches through avalanche paths ahead of summer season

A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad crew clears snow from the tracks this week at a snowslide area south of Silverton. Eight to 10 avalanche slide paths have the potential of covering the tracks between Cascade Canyon and Silverton.

Durango train punches through avalanche paths ahead of summer season

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad triggered this avalanche path, which crossed the Animas River near Needleton, to reduce future slide risk. The train has battled the elements to make it to Silverton since the line was completed in 1882.

Durango train punches through avalanche paths ahead of summer season

Denver and Rio Grande Railroad locomotive No. 327 emerges from the south portal of the Snowslide Tunnel in San Juan County at mile post 492½ on the Silverton branch.

Durango train punches through avalanche paths ahead of summer season

A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad crew clears snow Monday at the snowslide area south of Silverton.

Durango train punches through avalanche paths ahead of summer season

A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad crew clears snow Monday at a snowslide area south of Silverton.
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