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23rd Annual Fall Photo Train

23rd Annual Fall Photographer’s Train

September 29 & 30, 2012

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see information on the Night Photography Sessions on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29!

Fall train at Needleton

Join amateur and professional photographers as we take the train into the remote wilderness of the San Juan National Forest and drop you off to photograph the train steaming past. Passengers will have the opportunity to photograph the train with a backdrop of high peaks, autumn color, and the Animas River. Experience the pure majesty of autumn in the San Juan Mountains.

These trains will allow the photographers to deboard before we back the train up and out of sight. With 2 blasts of the whistle, the train will proceed forward and come steaming past the line of photographers. We will also have opportunities to photograph the D&SNG passenger trains. We will be spending as much time on the rails as possible and will not be stopping in Silverton. We will provide a complimentary morning donut & coffee, boxed lunch and all-day fountain drinks. Our Concession car offers additional beverages, snacks and souvenirs available for purchase.

Be sure to have plenty of battery power, memory cards or film to capture the unique opportunities not available to passengers on the regularly scheduled trains. These special trains are scheduled for optimal autumn foliage colors!

Two very special days, each with different focus!

Saturday, September 29 –Historic Mixed Freight Train

View through Caboose doorRide a classic mixed consist with passenger cars and historic freight cars, flat cars and Caboose 0505 (circa 1886.) A locomotive and all rolling stock will be lettered to represent a typical "Mixed Train' during the 1950s. Note: We will be pulling the train using one of our K36 locomotives (circa 1925) instead of the smaller K28s (circa 1023). We will be using a mix of Rio Grande Gold and Pullman Green equipment and assorted freight equipment to accurately represent that transitional era. A Concession car is available for food & beverage purchases. We are catering to the photographer with an eye for historical train images by having the Denver & Rio Grande Western lettering used on the rolling stock for this train. We are limiting the seating to only 76 passengers.Photo Line Fall Train

This train will allow the photographers to deboard before we back the train up and out of sight. With 2 blasts of the whistle, the train will proceed forward and come steaming past the line of photographers. We will also have opportunities to photograph the D&SNG passenger trains.

Saturday's schedule:
Depart Durango..........7:30am (board by 7:15am)
Arrive Durango...........5:30pm

Saturday Fares:
Coach................$184.00*
Caboose...........$204.00*

2012 Season Pass holders receive 10% discount.
*All fares subject to 6% Historic Preservation Fee.

September 30 –Scenic D&SNG Train

On Sunday, September 30th we will offer a typical D&SNG passenger train consist similar to what has been running during the past 31 years. The Tuscan Red, Pullman Green and Rio Grande Gold cars will only be upstaged by the red oak, green pines and gold aspens we travel through! We will reserve seats in standard class coaches and have an observation gondola in the front section of the train. In the rear section you can choose seating from the recently refurbished Deluxe-class San Juan, the newly-built glass-roofed Knight Sky and the oldest car in our fleet, the Nomad. 

Sunday's schedule
Depart Durango.......7:30am (board by 7:15am)
Arrive Durango........5:30pm

Sunday Train Fares:
Standard Coach.....$104.00*
San Juan Coach.... $144.00*
Knight Sky.............$194.00*
Nomad....................$194.00*
2012 Season Pass holders receive 10% discount.
*All fares subject to 6% Historic Preservation Fee. 

Be sure to visit our Scrapbook  for more photos of previous Fall Photo Trains!

Call 970-247-2733 or Toll free 888-TRAIN-07

Requirements for riding the Photographer Special Trains:

  • A signed Release of Liability form (below) is required for each passenger. Download to sign and bring to train station when you pick up your tickets. Forms will also be available to sign at the train station.

    Fall ElkPark_Lashmett

  • Wear sturdy shoes to safely climb on and off the train and in some locations, scramble over rocks and hills for the best shooting angle.

  • Passengers must be physically able to maneuver in rough, hilly terrain and be able to board and unload safely many times.

  • Although the D&SNG strives to maintain the published schedules, consists and run-bys, the D&SNG assumes no liability for any changes to the above. Consists, schedules and equipment may change without notice.

  • Lunch, snacks and beverages on board the train will suit most people but if you have dietary restrictions or special needs, please be sure to bring your own food and beverages.

 

Tips for a successful Photo Train:

  • Be rested and prepared for a full day on board the train. If you are coming from lower elevations, acclimate yourself to the altitude (Durango 6,512’; Silverton 9,305’) a day in advance and drink lots of water.

  • Come prepared for autumn weather in the San Juan Mountains! Dress in layers for cool mornings and evenings and warmer midday temperatures. Snow is not unheard of in September!

  • Wear neutral-colored clothing in case you accidentally get in another photographer's frame.

  • Please maintain silence during the run-bys as there are many people recording the sound of the train from start to finish.

  • Be sure to have plenty of battery power, memory cards or film.

  • Tripods help to get a great photo but are also burdensome climbing on and off trains and in the rugged terrain. Please use good judgment in what is right for you.

  • You may choose to stay on board during any run-by. However, please do not ride on the platforms or hang out the windows. Please do not wave or talk to the photographers on the ground during the photo run-bys.

  • We will be on a very tight schedule. In order to do all the scheduled run-bys and still make the meets with other trains, photographers must listen to the directions from the staff. Accidents happen when people are rushed so we will NOT rush anyone. However, we may need to skip run-bys in order to keep on schedule.

  • The D&SNG reserves the right to prevent any passenger from participating in photo run-bys for failure to comply with railroad rules and regulations or directions set by Conductor. If the Conductor has any safety concerns for any passenger at any run-by location, the D&S reserves the right to keep that passenger on board. To continue to operate Photo Trains, we must maintain our record of being 100% injury-free. Thank you for your cooperation in conducting a safe & enjoyable D&S Photo Train!

 

Night Photography Sessions

Friday & Saturday, September 28 & 29, 2012

There is always something magical about night photography, even more so with a live steam locomotive and photographing a live locomotive in Durango at night is a rare opportunity!

The D&SNG is offering special night shoots in conjunction with our 23rd Annual Fall Photographer's Trains. Space is limited to only 20 guests each night. This small group will allow a more intimate opportunity to get unique shots. You must have booked a seat on one of the Photographer Trains to participate in the Night Photography Session. If there are any spaces available 24 hours before the night session, they will go up for sale to the general public.

Lerro Productions will provide professional lighting and arrange the scenes to create unique ways to illuminate the equipment and workers of the narrow gauge railroad. Pete Lerro and his assistants will be available for guidance on suggested camera settings if requested.

We'll meet in the Durango Depot at 8:30pm and after a brief orientation, all participants will receive an ID badge and will be on first name basis with our Safety Compliance Officer! We will start around 8:45pm and continue shooting for up to 1 ½ hours.

Time & Location:
Meet at 8:30pm in the Durango Depot.

Fare:
$64 per person per session

Requirements: Sturdy shoes. NO open toe/open back shoes.A sturdy tripod and a camera capable of long shutter speeds.Know your camera and how to adjust its settings. This is not a photography class. We will provide suggested apertures & shutter speeds but you are required to know how to operate your camera.Signed "Release of Liability" form.Any participant not adhering to the direction of official staff will be escorted off the property and no refund will be given. In order to continue offering Night Shoots, safety will not be compromised. Thank you for your cooperation.

Suggestions: A remote release or cable release isn't critical but will certainly improve your odds of getting sharp pictures.A small penlight or headlamp is helpful to see settings on your camera and help illuminate the ground around you.Clothing: A September night may get very cool at 6512' elevation. We recommend that you bring a coat and, depending on weather, pack an umbrella, some gloves and ear warmers too! Be sure to have plenty of battery power, memory cards or film to capture the unique opportunities of night photography.Lens lengths from wide angle to 300mm are suitable.

Disclaimer: The D&SNG reserves the right to change or cancel the Night Shoot if unforeseen circumstances arise. This includes but is not limited to severely inclement weather, equipment problems and schedule changes. Safety is our number one concern.

Available to book now!
Call 970-247-2733 or Toll free: 888-TRAIN-07 

 

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