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Old 05-25-2010, 07:06 PM
 
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I don't mean to imply that the D&S's personnel are deliberately unfriendly--they are just dealing with large number of passengers on frequently quite full trains. Tough job. I know the railroad's manager--great guy.
It IS a tough job. I've ridden the train lots of times over four decades, in fact I bought a season pass for a discount rate last year and took some of my out of state friends on it. They handle a lot of people on that train, and a lot of kids.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:44 PM
 
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Jazz, i understand, realize it would be crowded certain times.
Double H, was the season pass worth it?
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:33 PM
 
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Jazz, i understand, realize it would be crowded certain times.
Double H, was the season pass worth it?
It was, it was something the Durango Silverton doesn't always do. Last year as it became evident that the economy was taking a huge hit and that things weren't going to get better, they offered a season pass for one rate, and you could ride it as much as you wanted, for 2009. I worked as a road crew laborer for the forest service for the Summer and Fall of 1968, That was the first time I rode the train when I was down there. I loved it then-still do! Made some friends that I still see to this day.

Durango was a lot different then.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:15 PM
 
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It was, it was something the Durango Silverton doesn't always do. Last year as it became evident that the economy was taking a huge hit and that things weren't going to get better, they offered a season pass for one rate, and you could ride it as much as you wanted, for 2009. I worked as a road crew laborer for the forest service for the Summer and Fall of 1968, That was the first time I rode the train when I was down there. I loved it then-still do! Made some friends that I still see to this day.

Durango was a lot different then.
Want to see what that country was like then? Check out this website:

Durango and its branches

At that time, Durango was just about the coolest town in Colorado, in my opinion--one foot in the 20th Century and one in the 19th. Back in '68, Francisco's restaurant had just started up as a hole in the wall on Main Ave. You were about as likely to get a bar fight as a great plate of enchiladas there then. The Strater was a great place to go get "oiled up" after a day on the train. Parson's Drug Store was where the "Coffee Club" met every morning--and those guys ran the town. The Navajo Trails Fiesta was always a drunken brawl starting about 10 AM every morning of the celebration. There was always coal smoke in town, either from the railroad, or from the fact that a bunch of the town was still coal heated. Radioactive dust from the uranium mill would blow all over the downtown when the wind was blowing. You could go down to the south end of town and poke around the railroad yard and shoot the breeze with the railroad employees, or explore the ruins of the Telluride Iron Works building.

Back then, Durango was still a kind of Wild West kind of place. Too bad it all changed.
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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If you want to see some even older photos of it go here:

<title>Collection P 026: Rio Grande Southern Railroad photographs

There are also several thousand other historical photos of the area on there. If you're a Durango buff you could spend all day poking through it.
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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Well, uh, if you mean Erie, Colorado, Durango is southWEST. Durango is one of the top tourist destinations in Colorado, for better or worse, and has tons of "attractions"--some delightful, some schlocky. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a must do (though I like the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad out of Antonito, Colorado or Chama, New Mexico even better) and Mesa Verde is also a must-see. Beyond that, the San Juan Mountains are Colorado's most beautiful mountain range. That should be enough to occupy a vacation right there. Just don't expect it to be cheap. Durango used to offer a great place to go at reasonable prices--for the most part, they aren't very reasonable any longer.

The drive to Durango is scenic from almost any direction--but it is some serious mountain driving.
I'm seeing nice rentals for as cheap as $1,000/week. I think that is ver reasonable.
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