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Winter Photographer's Special



Winter Photographer's Special Schedule

2/15/19 Galloping Goose Photo Special to Cascade Canyon
2/16/19 Southern Pacific 18 (SP-18)  Photo Special to Cascade Canyon
2/16/19 Night Yard Photography Shoot* 
2/17/19  Winter Photo Special to Cascade Canyon
2/17/19  Night Yard Photography Shoot*
2/18/19  Ultimate Railfan Photo Excursion*
2/22/19 & 2/23/19  Goose Excursions to Cascade Canyon (for more information click here)

*Must Purchase a Photo Train or Goose Special/Photo tickets in order to participate in Night Photo Shoots.  If there are any spaces available 24 hours before the night session, they will be made available to the general public.


Passengers purchasing 3 photo special departures receive a 15% discount

Passengers purchasing 4 photo special departures receive a 20% discount

*Discount qualifies for Coach seating only, Caboose seating is not eligible due to limited capacity

**Winter Photo Train Sunday is required for discount and can be combined with Galloping Goose Photo Special, SP #18 Photo Special, Ultimate Railfan Photo Special

***Evening Yard Shoots do not qualify for discount due to limited capacity

Online booking is not available for the Photo Special events.  Please call 1.877.872.4607 to book!


Friday February 15, 2019


For only the 3rd time in over 60 years, the Former Rio Grande Southern Motor 5, The Galloping Goose, a little train that ran between small towns in CO like Dolores and Telluride will be running in winter on our rails. It will run between the Durango Depot (MP 451.52) and Cascade Canyon (MP 477.55).  This excursion will feature several runby locations featuring the Goose and a runby of the regularly scheduled D&S passenger train powered by K-28 #476 at either Tacoma or MP474.  There will be a 30 minute lunch layover at Cascade Canyon.  While there, Goose passengers will have an opportunity to purchase lunch from the concession car or may bring their own. Passengers may also pre-purchase a box lunch.   The D&S passenger train will depart from Cascade Canyon first, allowing Goose passengers a photo line opportunity as it departs.  The Goose will have additional photo opportunities on the return trip and will arrive back at Durango at 4:00PM. 

Important Notes: Restrooms are not available on the RGS 5 though there will be restrooms located at Hermosa, Rockwood and on the D&S Winter Train at Cascade Canyon.

Durango Departure: 8:00AM
Durango Arrival 4:00PM

Pricing:  $169*
*Fares subject to a 7% Historic Preservation Fee

Call 1.877.872.4607 to book!

To view the D&SNGRR Policy on Commercial Use of Photographs, click here.


Saturday February 16, 2019

Be among the first to ride behind Southern Pacific #18, on loan from the Eastern California Museum, as she traverses the rails up the Animas Canyon! 
This train will consist of 2 D&S coaches and a caboose.  This excursion will make minimal stops on the northbound trip between Durango (MP 451.52) and Tank Creek which is 4 miles south of Cascade Canyon(MP477.55).  Once past Tank Creek, #18 will let off passengers at various locations on the way up to Cascade Canyon for photo runbys, including #18 meeting the regular Cascade Canyon passenger train as it arrives at the wye at Cascade. The SP-18 and D&S passenger train will be at Cascade Canyon for a 30 minute lunch layover.  While lunch is provided to Photo Special passengers, they will also have access to the concession car at this time. The Cascade Canyon passenger train will depart first allowing SP-18 passengers an additional photo opportunity.   The southbound trip will include additional photo runbys including the historic and picturesque "High Line."  Please note:  This trip will not include a concession car.  Passengers will receive a boxed lunch from a local bakery and is included in the ticket price.  The railroad will provide soft drinks and water. 

Durango Departure:  8:00AM
Durango Return:  4:00PM

Coach- $209*
Caboose- $309*
Fares subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee

Call 1.877.872.4607 to book!

To view the D&SNGRR Policy on Commercial Use of Photographs, click here.


Saturday February 16 & Sunday February 17

photo by Bryan Burton


This is a rare opportunity to photograph a live locomotive in the Durango yard at night. Be among the first to photograph the SP-18 in the D& S yard! This event will feature Galloping Goose #5, SP 18, a hot class K-28, and additional D&SNGRR equipment!
  Each night will feature uniquely different photo opportunities.
Professional lighting will be provided. 

Important Note:  You MUST have booked a seat on either the Friday Goose Photo Special, Saturday SP-18 Photo Special, Sunday Winter Photo Freight Photo Special, or Monday's Ultimate Photo Railfan Photo Special to participate in either of the Night Photography sessions.  If there are any spaces available 24 hours before the Night Photo Shoot, they will go up for sale to the general public. 

Earliest Guest Arrival:  6:00PM
Orientation: 6:15PM
Photo session begins 6:30PM
Photo session ends: 8:30PM
Latest Guest Exit:  9:00PM

Pricing:  $74 per photo shoot

Call 1.877.872.4607 to book!

To view the D&SNGRR Policy on Commercial Use of Photographs, click here.


Sunday February 17

Photo by Bryan Burton

This will be a Durango & Silverton excursion with multiple run-by opportunities on both the northbound and southbound legs of the journey.  The consist will be mixed freight (labeled Durango & Silverton) consisting of Locomotive #476, 1 box, 1 flat, drop bottom gondola, 2-3 coaches, concession, gondola, and caboose.   The consist will feature freight cars on the head end which is a different configuration from previous photo trains.  This Photo Special will run between Durango  (MP 451.52) and Tefft Bridge (MP 478).  Passengers will de-board at pre-determined locations along the route for run-bys of the train. 

This Photo Special includes lunch, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages in a souvenir mug, and morning pastries. A limited number of vegetarian options will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Guests with dietary restrictions are strongly encouraged to bring their own lunch. 

Durango Departure:  8:00AM
Durango Arrival:  4:00PM 

Coach Pricing:  $189*
Caboose Pricing:  $289*
*Fares subject to a 7% Historic Preservation Fee.  Fares include a boxed lunch.

Call 1.877.872.4607 to book!

To view the D&SNGRR Policy on Commercial Use of Photographs, click here.


Monday, February 18

Southern Pacific #18 and Rio Grande Southern Goose #5 team up to create the ultimate railfan photographer's experience as these two pieces of visiting equipment, each steeped in rich history, traverse the Durango & Silverton tracks! 
The Goose will operate in its regular capacity while the SP-18 will pull a train similar to one it (including D&S Yankee Girl) would have pulled on Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge tracks in eastern California. Both Goose #5 and SP-18 will make the same run by location stops.  Upon arriving at Cascade Canyon, passengers will switch the piece of equipment they are riding on.  Passengers who rode up on the Goose will make the return journey behind the SP-18 and vice versa.  This will give each passenger the opportunity to experience both pieces of equipment.  
Boxed lunches are included in this Photo Excursion with soft drinks and water available throughout the trip. 

Durango Departure:  7:30AM
Durango Arrival:  4:45PM 

Pricing:  $269*
*Fares subject to a 7% Historic Preservation Fee.  Fares include a boxed lunch.

Call 1.877.872.4607 to book!

To view the D&SNGRR Policy on Commercial Use of Photographs, click here.


Requirements For All Photo Shoots:
Physically Capable:  We ask that guests be prepared for strenuous physical activity.  This includes but not limited to being able to maneuver in rough, hilly, snow-packed, and unstable terrain. 
Sturdy shoes. NO open toe/open back shoes. Hiking boots highly recommended.
Signed "Release of Liability" form.
Name badge must be worn at all times. These are distributed at the Durango Depot during orientation.
Guests must maintain silence during runbys.
Please wear neutral colored clothing in case you step in another person's photo line.
Any participant not adhering to the direction of Railroad staff will be escorted off the property and no refund will be given.
Safety will not be compromised. Thank you for your cooperation.

General Information:
Please be aware that due to steep terrain and the possibility of deep snow, moderate to extreme physical activity will likely be required to access most run-by locations.  Those who wish to avoid this exertion will always have the option to remain on board in the comfort of the train.

 Tips and Suggestions for Riding the Photography Specials:
A sturdy tripod and a camera capable of long shutter speeds. Tripods help get a great photo but can be burdensome.  Please use your best judgement.
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.
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.
Be rested and prepared for a full day on board the train. If you are coming from lower elevations, acclimate yourself to the altitude (6,512) a day in advance and be sure to drink plenty of water.
Clothing Suggestions:
A February night may get very cold in Durango and in the mountains. We recommend that you dress in layers,  bring a coat, some gloves and ear warmers too!

Although the D&SNG strives to maintain the published schedules, consists and runbys, the D&SNG assumes no liability for any changes to the above.  Consists, schedules and equipment may change without notice.  In order to do all the scheduled runbys, photographers must listen to the directions of the staff.  Accidents happen when people are rushed so we will not rush anyone.  However, we may need to skip runbys in order to keep on schedule. 

The D&SNG reserves the right to prevent any passenger from participating in photo runbys for failure to comply with railroad rules and regulations or directions set by the Conductor.  If the Conductor has any safety concerns for for any passenger at any runby location, te D&S reserves the right to keep that passenger on board

The D&S 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 priority.

Run-bys: You will have opportunities to get photographs and videos of scenes few people will ever have a chance to get as the train stops in the remote wilderness for you to disembark at specially selected stops. The train will back out of view and once instructed by the conductor, with two long whistles it will proceed toward the photo line with smoke and steam hissing and billowing in the cold mountain air! Once passed out of sight, the train then returns to pick up the passengers to take them to the next photo run-by. We will plan on having at least 6 run-bys between Durango and our furthest destination of Cascade Canyon!

Photo Lens Recommendations

If you have multiple lenses, please bring a selection. Most run-bys will be best captured with 55-200mm but for some you may want a wider lens especially if your shot is closer to the track. Since the train starts the run-by from some distance away, you'll want a longer lens. Many photographers use an 18-200 or 28-300 zoom lens since that works well at all the stops. Generally an extreme wide angle lens will get more than just train & scenery, you’ll probably get the photo line as well!If you’ll be joining us on the night shoot, depending on the shots you want, moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto lenses and anything from 70 to 200 should work well. Hopefully this helps!

To view the D&SNGRR Policy on Commercial Use of Photographs, click here.

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