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2014 Winter Photographer's Train Information

Winter Photographer's Train

winter train

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Please call 970-247-2733 or 1-888-872-4607 for reservations.

The D&SNG will once again offer an extraordinary opportunity to the passengers on our Winter Photo Train! Passengers will detrain in the wilderness to capture the beauty of a vintage narrow gauge train being pulled by an authentic K-36 steam locomotive traveling along the Animas Canyon in the winter!

For the 2014 Winter Photo Train, the consist will have three heated coaches and one ‘classroom’ car using the first class, heated, glass-roofed Knight Sky.


Photo line

Knight Sky Classroom Workshop: We will offer the newest car in our fleet (circa 2012) as a rolling classroom workshop! This workshop will be led by a renowned photographer and is available to only 16 people. You will receive photography tips before and during the trip and person assistance to help you get photographs you will cherish.  Ride first class in roomy, comfortable, leather seats and receive personal attention from your instructor assigned to this car.
$298* per person.


Coach Seating: Ride in a heated standard-class coach. The coaches seat 44 people but for this special train we will be limiting the passenger number to just 16 per coach. This will allow you extra room needed for winter gear!

Amenities: Included in the fare, all passengers receive a morning pastry, a boxed lunch and a souvenir mug to fill from the Concession Car all day with non-alcoholic beverages.


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!

Winter photo line

Click here to visit our Scrapbook page of Winter Photographer Train photos.


This is a full day of riding and photographing. Please be aware that due to steep and uneven terrain and the possibility of deep snow, moderate to extreme physical activity will be required to access most run-by locations. All Photo Special participants will be required to sign & submit our Release of Liability before receiving your tickets. (Available to download, print, sign and bring with you to depot when claiming your tickets.) You will always have the option of remaining on board in the comfort of the train during any run-by! 

Gaiters and warm boots with good tread are strongly recommended. Be prepared for current weather conditions and plan for hat, gloves, jacket, and sunscreen as needed. Light colored outerwear is suggested to blend in with the environment on this photo train.

Join us after the train returns for a post train get-together at BREW PUB right next to the train tracks at College Avenue! We'll talk about the photos we got and the ones we missed. Cash bar with Happy Hour prices on drinks and appetizers.



Train Schedule:

Depart Durango 8:00AM.  Return to Durango: 5:30 PM. 


Coach $174.00*
Knight Sky Photography Workshop $298.00*
*Fares subject to 6% Historic Preservation Fee
(10% discount offered if you have a 2014 Season Pass!)


Photo Train lens suggestions

If you have multiple lenses, please bring a selection. Our Needle Creek run-by is a distant shot where a wide angle would not generally be used. However, depending on your proximity to the tracks during the run-by, you might be just 10 feet away as the train steams past! 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!


 The D&SNGRR reserves the right to add, change or omit equipment and any scheduled run-bys depending on conditions, schedule and unexpected changes beyond our control.


Please call 970-247-2733 or 1-888-872-4607 for reservations.

Cement Wall winterCopyright photo by Peter Kunasz 2009

 D&SNGRR Policy on Commercial Use of Photographs: The Photographer's Specials are intended to provide a unique photography and railroading experience for all. Photographs taken by individuals on this excursion are solely for the use of the private individual and may not be used for commercial purposes without the express written consent of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Company. For specific usage requests and requirements, please contact D&SNGRR at (970) 259-0274. Trademark Licensing Agreements will be available onboard. 

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