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2013 True West Railfest

Truewest Railfest 2013 logo

August 15-19, 2013

“Legend and History”

 True West Railfest is the perfect mix of legend and history. “History may be a compilation of words, objects, and the processes, but it translates into the human character traits of strength, courage, creativity, perseverance, morality, and the ability to achieve greaAl and Carol Harpertness.” These are the words of D&SNG owner Al Harper to explain his devotion to historic preservation and community involvement that are the basis for True West Railfest.
The D&SNG railroad is proud to join True West magazine to celebrate and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the movie “Tombstone”. 
TRUE WEST Magazine named Durango, Colorado as one of the top ten western communities in the United States in 2011. Learn more about TRUE WEST Magazine at www.truewestmagazine.com.

Click here to view and print a flyer with a condensed view of True West Railfest events.

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad wishes to express our sincere thanks to our sponsors, True West Magazine, San Juan Regional Medical Center, the historic Strater Hotel, the Henry Strater TheatRE and First National Bank of Durango for their support of our mission of preserving and celebrating our western heritage and agricultural and railroading history.Without the support of these fine businesses, the continuing tradition of Railfest would not be possible.

The support of the sponsors and railroad volunteers will benefit the Galloping Goose Historical Society of Dolores, the Durango Railroad Historical Society, the La Plata Open Space Conservancy, Durango Farmer's Market, and the Animas Museum. All these organizations are crucial to preserving the knowledge and artifacts of our American Western way of life.

Most of all, we'd like to thank YOU for coming to True West Railfest, purchasing tickets to the ride the trains and enjoy the entertainment, and for sharing your experiences with the rest of the world. It is for you that we create True West Railfest every year!

Our featured events include the Presidential Special Train and True West Moments!

Presidential Train

Saturday, August 17. 9:30AM-4:30PM ~PRESIDENTIAL SPECIAL TRAIN: Besides riding in some of our most luxurious cars, you will be treated to a Farm-to-Table luncheon with La Plata County’s best home-grown products and local high-altitude wine. Sourdough Slim, Doc Holliday, and Jeff and Andy of the High Rollers will be on board to entertain during your 7-hour round trip.Johnny Ringo
Saturday, August 17. 8:00PM - 9:30PM  ~TRUE WEST MOMENTS:  An evening performance with Bob Boze Bell and Michael Biehn, Henry Strater Theatre at the Strater Hotel (699 Main). All parties will receive a complimentary copy of  the 20th anniversary “Tombstone” DVD. - $55.00 pp.

GET MORE FOR YOUR MONEY WITH RAILFEST PASSPORTS!

A Railfest Passport is your ticket to receive great savings during this five day event! Commemorative memorabilia, free and discounted admission! Two levels of Passports are available.

A limited number of Passports will be sold so be sure to get yours now!
Two levels of Passports are available. The Passport includes a discount off the festival’s signature excursion on Saturday –the Presidential Special Train to Cascade Canyon!

TRUE WEST RAILFEST PASSPORT  $119.00
Receive commemorative Railfest T-shirt and pin, name badge, admission to President’s Reception, Yard Tour, free event parking in D&SNG lot, 20% off Presidential Train and a one year subscription to True West Magazine.

TRUE WEST PRESIDENTIAL PASSPORT  $169.00 
Receive all the above but increase your discount on the Presidential Train to a 50% discount

TRUE WEST MANIACS CLUB members will receive 10% discount when purchasing either Passport!

INFORMATION ON VISITING EQUIPMENT:

Goose on high bridge

RGS Galloping Goose No.5 (RGS5): The excursions aboard the Galloping Goose No. 5 are sponsored by San Juan Regional Medical Center based in Farmington NM.

"Even though originally built from Buicks and Pierce Arrows, the word “dignified” never seems to have been included in their description, but they were serviceable and definitely fit their purpose. Traveling through the countryside with a horn that could easily be mistaken for the call of a real goose, they were said to have “waddled” down the uneven, poorly maintained tracks of the cash-strapped Rio Grande Southern."
RGS5 will be running every day during Railfest!
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lick here to read Larry Spencer's full story of the RGS Galloping Goose No. 5.

Denver Rio Grande Western 315:

315 LogoA 2-8-0, Consolidation type, narrow gauge steam railway locomotive that was originally built for the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1895. As larger locomotives came on line, smaller engines like D&RGW 315 were scrapped or used as switchers. It appeared in315 several movies. It is now owned by the City of Durango. The Durango Railroad Historical Society began restoration work in March 2001 and D&RGW 315 moved under its own power for the first time in 57 years in August, 2007!
The D&RGW 315 will be running on Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedules.
Click here for information on the restoration of D&RGW 315.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013

EVENTS IN SILVERTON:
D&RGW 315 on display Silverton Northern Engine house

EVENTS IN DURANGO:
Emma Sweeny on display at Santa Rita Park
4:00-6:00PM Railfest Headquarters
on Durango Depot lawn
6:00-8:15PM -President's Opening Reception $10 per person (Included with purchase of Passport.)
8:30PM: FREE MOVIE “Tombstone” at Animas City Theater

TRAINS LEAVING DURANGO:
8:00AM
Passenger train departs Durango.
8:45AM Passenger train departs Durango
9:30AM-4:00PM RGS5 Round trip excursion to Cascade Canyon.

Link for full description of events for Thursday, August 15

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013

EVENTS IN SILVERTON:
7:00PM -FREE! Silverton Brass Band Festival

EVENTS IN DURANGO:
Emma Sweeny
on display
8:00AM-8:00PM Railfest Information Tent

6:00PM-7:30PM: FREE! Book Signing at the D&SNG Railroad Museum
6:30PM & 8:30PM: Fabulous Old West Family Entertainment. Henry Strater Theatre.


TRAINS LEAVING DURANGO:

8:00AM Passenger train departs Durango.
8:45AM Passenger train departs Durango
9:30AM-4:00PM: RGS5 Round trip excursion to Cascade Canyon. $79.00*pp

TRAINS LEAVING SILVERTON:
1:30PM-6:45PM: D&RGW 315 One-way excursion Silverton to Durango. $99.00* pp

Link for full description of events for Friday, August 16

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013

EVENTS IN SILVERTON:
NOON & 7:00PM Silverton Brass Band Festival 

EVENTS IN DURANGO:
Emma Sweeny
on display
9:00AM-4:00PM: D&S MUSEUM: FREE! Railroadiana

6:30PM-7:15PM: TRUE WEST MOMENTS~VIP Reception
8:00 - 9:30PM  ~TRUE WEST MOMENTS 

TRAINS LEAVING DURANGO:
PARADE OF TRAINS:
Announcements on railroad and equipment history and agriculture. Parade will start with the departure of the 8:00 passenger train.
8:00AM
Passenger train departs Durango
8:45AM Passenger train departs Durango

RGS5: (board at Depot or at Farmer’s Market north of 8th Street)
9:00AM:
1-hour RT excursion $25.00*pp
11:00AM:
1-hour RT $25.00*pp
1:00PM:
1-hour RT $25.00*pp

D&RGW 315: (board at Depot or at Farmer’s Market north of 8th Street)
9:15AM:
1-hour RT $25.00*pp
11:15AM:
1-hour RT $25.00*pp
1:15PM:
1-hour RT $25.00*pp

PRESIDENTIAL TRAIN 9:30AM-4:30PM:  Book early to ride on our signature excursion -the Presidential Special Train to Cascade Canyon! Enjoy a locally produced and prepared luncheon, western entertainment and VIP treatment in the luxury of a consist of Presidential, First-Class and Deluxe-Class rolling stock. (20-50% discount with Railfest Passport purchase!)
$179.00*pp

Link for full description of events for Saturday, August 17

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013

SILVERTON:
NOON: Silverton Brass Band Festival 

DURANGO:
8:00-8:45AM: COWBOYS FOR CHRIST FELLOWSHIP SERVICE Durango Depot Lawn
10:30AM: GREENMOUNT CEMETERY TOUR:
“Our Railroad Pioneers” coordinated by the Animas Museum.
TRAINS:
8:00AM Passenger train departs Durango.
8:45AM Passenger train departs Durango
9:15AM RGS5: ONE WAY Durango to Silverton.
FARE: $99.00*pp. For an additional $42.50*pp meet the southbound passenger train at Elk Park to return to Durango!
9:00AM-1:30PM: D&RGW 315:  ONE WAY Durango to Silverton.
FARE: $99.00*pp. For an additional $42.50*pp ride the 2:30PM train from Silverton  to Durango!

Link for full description of events for Sunday, August 18

MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013

SILVERTON:
NARCOA
motor car round trips Silverton to Rockwood
D&RGW 315 on display Silverton Northern Engine house

DURANGO:
Emma Sweeny
on display at Santa Rita Park

TRAINS:
8:00AM Passenger train departs Durango.
8:45AM Passenger train departs Durango

1:30PM-6:45PM RGS5: ONE WAY Silverton to Durango.  Includes a tour of the 1905 Tacoma Power Plant along the route. FARE: $99.00*. Optional: ride to Silverton on the 8:00AM passenger train to meet up with the RGS5 for additional $42.50*pp. 

*All train ticket purchases are subject to a 6% Historical Preservation Fee.
Note:
Schedules, equipment and fares may be subject to change without notice.

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