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2014 Winter Photographer's Train & Night Photo Shoot

Winter Photographer's Train & Night Photo Shoot

This is a rare opportunity to see and photograph a passenger train being pulled by a vintage steam locomotive through the Animas River Canyon! You can also reserve space to join us for a night shoot in the D&S yard the evening before the Photographers' Train.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Seats still available in Coach!

8:00am-5:30pmWinter photo train

Passengers will detrain in the wilderness to capture the beauty of an authentic K-36 steam train 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.

This train sells out quickly!

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.
Click here for more information and how to book!


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.

  • 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 snowbanks and be able to board and unload safely many times. This trip is not recommended for children.

  • 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’) a day in advance and drink lots of water.

  • Come prepared for winter weather in the San Juan Mountains! Dress in layers for cold mornings and evenings and warmer midday temperatures. Expect winter conditions!

  • 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!



Saturday, February 15, 2014
Night Photo Shoot


This event is limited to 20 photographers and is offered only to Winter Photo Train passengers.
Be sure to book early. Tickets are EXTREMELY limited.

Click here for all the details on the NIGHT PHOTO SHOOT!



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



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