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Railfest 2011

August 18-21, 2011

Our 13th Annual Railfest celebrates 30 years of operations as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Company was established in 1981 and has carved 30 years of its own history from a 129-year old railroad institution. Please click the attachment at the bottom of the page for the history of the D&SGW and the D&SNGRR.

This 4-day weekend will feature the Eureka & Palisade #4, RGS Goose #5, special train events, and a World Fast Draw competition.

GooseRGS Galloping Goose #5: "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."

 

Eureka on bridgeEureka & Palisade #4: The wood-burning E&P #4 is one of the Eureka & Palisade Railroad's only surviving steam locomotives and is on the US National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest operable narrow gauge 4-4-0 in the U.S. The wood-burning locomotive has been restored by Dan and Ditty Markoff to its original appearance when it left Baldwin in 1875. It sports a "Russia iron" boiler jacket, polished brass bands, gold filigree and varnished oak with red and gold trim.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
All trips will provide numerous photo run-bys and opportunities to photograph passing trains and visiting equipment.

There are no restrooms available on the E&P4 or RGS5 excursions. Portable restrooms are available at Rockwood, Cascade Canyon and Elk Park stops. 

Boxed lunch and beverage are included on all E&P4 and RGS5 excursions. If you have special dietary needs, we encourage you to bring your own lunch, beverages or snacks. There may be limited or no concessions on special Railfest trains.

Yard Tours: Tours start at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm daily during Railfest. $10 per person. (Included with purchase of RAILROADERS PASSPORT.)

Purchase your PASSPORT for great savings!

2011 SOUVENIR PASSPORT $45.00
Includes collectible Railfest T-shirt ($20) and pin ($5), one of the first copies of the new book Seasons of the Narrow Gauge ($20), and a Yard Tour ($10). Retail value if purchased separately is up to $55, a savings of $10!

2011 RAILROADERS PASSPORT $199.00
Includes all of the above PLUS your souvenir name badge with lanyard, the Presidential Reception ($20) on Thursday night, free parking in the D&S lot all 4 days ($28) and a 20% discount on any of the 2011 Railfest special excursions (up to $224!), cannot be combined with other discounts. Retail value up to $330, a possible savings of up to $131!

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

Silverton:
North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA): Arriving in Silverton to set up for Friday's trip.

TRAINS:
8:30AM Passenger train departs Durango
9:15AM Passenger train departs Durango
E&P4: 10:15AM-5:00PM: Round trip photo excursion Durango to Cascade Canyon.
FARE: Coach seating: $249* Caboose $279*
RGS 5: 10:00AM-4:45PM:  Round trip photo excursion Durango to Cascade Canyon.
FARE: $159*

D&S MUSEUM:
New Mexico Garden Railroader's live steam model trains next to D&S Museum. FREE
President's Reception 6:00-8:30pm. Mingle with other railroaders and enjoy a historic presentation. There will be hors d'ouevres, cash bar and the strolling music of Jeff Johnson & Andy Janowski. The E&P4 and RGS5 will be on display and you can chat and hear the stories of the operators. You can purchase your own copy of Seasons of the SeasonsOfNarrowGauge bookcoverNarrow Gauge at the official book release tonight. Authors, contributors and photographers will be on hand for a book signing. George Niederauer will also be selling and signing copies of his recent book Locomotive 315.
Historical Presentation on Strater Hotel
FEE: $20 per person (Included with purchase of Railroader's Passport.)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

TRAINS:
8:30AM Passenger train departs Durango
9:15AM Passenger train departs Durango
E&P 4: 7:30AM-4:30PM: ONE WAY Durango to Silverton.
FARES: Coach $239* Caboose $269*  Optional bus return is available for additional $10 per person. Bus will depart Silverton at 8:30pm giving you some time for evening photography of the trains in Silverton. Bus arrives back in Durango at 10:00pm.
RGS5: 7:15AM-4:15PM: ONE WAY Durango to Silverton
FARE: $149*. Optional bus return is available for additional $10 per person. Bus will depart Silverton at 8:30pm giving you some time for evening photography of the trains in Silverton. Bus arrives back in Durango at 10:00pm.

D&S MUSEUM:
FREE: New Mexico Garden Railroader's live steam model train next to MuseumWFDA

DEPOT AREA:
World Fast Draw Celebrity Shoot Out on the Old West Stage on the south depot lawn. See celebrities try their hand at being the fastest gun in the West! Email the organizer Dave at [email protected] if you are interested in joining up!

Events in Silverton:
NARCOA: Round trip out of Silverton.
FREE! Night shoot at Silverton Depot with RGS5 and E&P4 by Pete Lerro (Lerro Productions). George Niederauer will illuminate Locomotive 315 and the Casey Jones at Silverton Northern engine house. Suggestions for photographers: If  shooting with film, please bring an incandescent light correction filter. (Digital shooters can change their white balance). DON'T FORGET YOUR TRIPOD!

Night shoot at Silverton Depot

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

TRAINS:
8:30AM Passenger train departs Durango
9:15AM Passenger train departs Durango
D&RGW Historical Photo Train: 6:30AM-6:40PM: Round trip Durango to Silverton.  Two Pullman-green coaches will be joined by two Tuscan-red cars to recreate the era of transition between the two colors. Photo run-bys will allow photographers to deboard before we back the train up and out of sight. The train will then steam past the photo line for photographic opportunities you only get when riding a Photo Train! This train will also have the chance to photograph passing D&S trains, the E&P4 and the RGS5. It's a long day and requires that passengers be physically able to maneuver in rough, hilly terrain and be able to board and unload safely many times.
FARES: COACH $169*; SAN JUAN $179*; NOMAD $239*

Daytime events in Silverton:
E&P 4: 9:05AM-6:05PM: ONE WAY Silverton to Durango.
FARES: Coach $239* Caboose $269*. Optional morning bus to Silverton is available for additional $10 per person. Bus departs the Durango Depot at 7:00am.
RGS 5:
8:45AM-5:55PM: ONE WAY Silverton to Durango
FARE: $169*. Optional morning bus to Silverton is available for additional $10 per person. Bus departs the Durango Depot at 7:00am.
NARCOA: Round trip out of Silverton.

D&S MUSEUM:
Railroadiana 7:00AM-7:00PM Swap meet in D&S Museum. FREE! View and purchase authentic railroad memorabilia, antiques and art from vendors from around the world. If you'd like to have a table at Railroadiana, please contact Doug at [email protected]
New Mexico Garden Railroader's live steam model train next to Museum

DEPOT AREA:
Joe Moore's Steam Whistle Demonstration High Noon near the Old West Stage on the depot lawn. See and hear Joe's collection of steam whistles from around the world! FREE!
World Fast Draw Balloon Elimination Championship
on south depot lawn.

Evening events in Durango:Parade of Trains
Parade of Trains. We had such a great response to our first Parade last year! Be sure to attend this year's Parade of Trains! Watch as D&S trains and equipment as well as visiting trains arrive in Durango. Activities start around 5:00PM.

NIGHT PHOTO SHOOT IN DURANGO YARD!
Pete Lerro will be lighting up the turntable and roundhouse area! Here's your opportunity to get night photos of K-28s, K-36s, Goose and Eureka in the Durango yard. Very limited number of spaces available for this rare event! Get your tickets now! We'll meet in the Durango Depot lobby at 9 p.m. sharp for a brief safety orientation before heading into the yard. Doors will close after 9 p.m. We'll plan on shooting until about 11p.m. Be sure to wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes and bring your tripod!
Fee $25 per person.
Time: 9-11pm

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

TRAINS:
8:30AM Passenger train departs Durango
9:15AM Passenger train departs Durango
E&P 4: 9:35-5:45PM ROUND TRIP Durango to Cascade Canyon
FARES: Coach $249 Caboose $279 (GUESTS SWITCH TO PASSENGER TRAIN AT TACOMA at 4:06)
RGS 5: 9:25AM- 5:00PM: ROUND TRIP Durango to Cascade Canyon FARE: $159
Presidential Dinner Train: 10:30AM-9:45PM RAILFEST GRANDE FINALE! Join the owPresidential Dinner Trainners, executives and special guests of the railroad on this annual Railfest tradition! There will be several run-bys and opportunities to photograph other D&S passenger trains and visiting Railfest equipment along the way. Appetizers will be served on the way to Silverton. Dinner from one of Silverton's finest restaurants is included in the fare. Top off the evening enjoying a dessert buffet on the return to Durango.
FARES:  Cinco Animas $289*, Alamosa & Tall Timber  $279*, Prospector $269*; San Juan car & Pullman Green Jackson & Sharp cars $239*
THANKS TO YOUR WONDERFUL RESPONSE, WE HAVE REACHED OUR MAXIMUM OF DINNERS WE CAN PROVIDE OUR PASSENGERS! FOR A $25 REDUCTION IN FARE, WE ARE NOW OFFERING THE SAME TRIP WITH ALL THE EXTRA AMENITIES EXCEPT DINNER! PLEASE JOIN ALL THE 'OLD RAILROADERS' ON THIS EXCEPTIONAL TRAIN THAT PEOPLE WILL TALK ABOUT FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS!

The Menu
The Bent Elbow on Blair Street, Silverton, CO
Your choice of 4 Entrees:
12 oz Slow-roasted hand-cut Prime Rib
Hazelnut Crusted Chicken Breast with Frangelico Hollandaise
The Bent’s famous Crabby Mahi-Mahi  -seared mahi mahi filet topped with fresh blue crab and green onion and Dijon butter
Cheese Tortellini with garlic beurre blanc (French influenced wine & cream sauce)
Dinners include a fresh dinner salad with vinaigrette or ranch dressing,a basket of our sliced homemade cracked-wheat bread,and scalloped potatoes blended with Portobello mushrooms and Swiss Cheese  (not included with Tortellini)
Choice of soft drink, iced tea, or coffee

Available for purchase:
Select Wines available by the glass or bottle (including Hatch Green Chile wine, a local white wine from New Mexico and our homemade Sangria). Fully stocked selection of libations from the Bent Elbow’s original circa-1898 cherub-mirrored mahogany bar!

Evening Dessert Buffet
Complete your dining experience with an on-board dessert buffet set up in the Prospector Car until gone:

Assorted home-baked cookies, strawberries dipped in smooth semi-sweet chocolate, The Bent’s homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

 

DEPOT AREA:
World Fast Draw Balloon Elimination Championship on south depot lawn. Email the organizer Dave at [email protected] if you are interested in joining up!

D&S MUSEUM:
New Mexico Garden Railroader's live steam model train next to Museum

Daytime events in Silverton:
NARCOA: Round trip out of Silverton.

 

*All train ticket purchases are subject to a 4% Historical Preservation Fee.

Be sure to check back often as we add new events to Railfest 2011! Possibly a night photo shoot in Durango!

If you plan to stay overnight in Silverton, CO be sure to book your hotel as soon as possible! Click here to go to the official site of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce.

Note: Schedules and equipment subject to change. Although we strive to adhere to our posted information, as in all railroading we cannot always predict weather and equipment status. The D&SNG reserves the right to add, change or cancel any run-by, equipment or schedules posted without advance notice.
Should an event be canceled for any reason, D&SNG shall assume no obligation other than refunding the actual cost of tickets. The D&SNG will not be responsible for any cancellation-related costs, including, but not limited to, passenger travel, lodging, and food if the event cannot be completed. 

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