Experience our Colorful History in the D&SNGRR Railroad Museums
The D&SNG offers two great museums; one at each end of the line. We are proud to share this history of railroading, transportation and mining with people from around the world. Exhibits are added frequently and admission is FREE so visit often!
D&SNGRR Museum in Durango
In Durango, the 12,000 square foot museum was created in 1998 utilizing 8 stalls of the ‘new’ 15-stall roundhouse built in 1989. Many families and old railroad workers have donated or provided artifacts that tell the history of railroading, especially from the D&RGW line.
The museum staff is knowledgeable in the history and current affairs of the local railroad. With a large selection of railroad history books, the staff is available as a great resource to help you find more information.
Pre-arranged, guided tours are offered during business hours and introduce many school-age children to the story of railroading in Durango. Click here for more information on the Durango railroad museum.
D&SNGRR Museum in Silverton
In Silverton, by taking a short walk or drive to the Silverton Depot at 10th and Cement Streets, you will open the doors to the history of the rail and mining industry. During its heyday, three railroads operated out of Silverton! Although it was built as a temporary structure in 1882 and was bombed in 1975, the Silverton Depot still stands as a testimony to the strength and endurance of the townsfolk in this mountain town. The Baldwin Locomotive #493 that was originally built in 1902 and converted to narrow gauge in 1928 is on display in the freight yard along with many pieces of rolling stock. The Depot is open on dates when the train is operating to Silverton. Click here for more information on the Silverton railroad museum.
Be sure to come visit our Museums and see all that we have to share with you! For more information call our Ticket Office at 888-TRAIN-07 (872-4607).
The Silverton Museum is open May through October and the Durango Museum is open year-round corresponding with the passenger service train schedule. Please check with the ticket office for exact dates and times.
Both museums are overseen by our curator Jeff Ellingson, a D&SNG employee since 1986, watercolor artist and historian.
For a fee, Yard Tours are available May-October and give you a chance to see the inner workings of the D&SNG. The one-hour tour allows you access to some the restricted areas of the yard, machine shop, roundhouse and car shop with one of our experienced tour guides. Call ahead to reserve your ticket to join one of our twice-daily tours. Spaces are limited!
To see more photos, visit the Museum Album on our Facebook page.
If you enjoy history, please visit other Museums in the Durango area.
Be sure to visit the Animas Museum! www.animasmuseum.org Show your D&S train ticket to receive $1.00 off Adult Admission, $.50 off child admission and $5.00 off an annual Membership!
Visit Durango's Discovery Museum at www.durangodiscovery.org
In Silverton visit San Juan Historical Society Museum in Silverton CO
At Mesa Verde visit the Anasazi Heritage Center