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30th Annual Fall Photographer's Special

30th Annual Fall Photographer’s Special

Fall Photo Specials September 21-22
Night Shoots September 20-21

Fall Photo Train 2012

Amenities include a boxed lunch, souvenir mug with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, and morning pastries.  For your convenience, additional  lunch items, beverages, snacks and souvenirs will be available for purchase in the Concession Car. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages (non-alcoholic only) if you wish. We will be on the rails all day and will NOT be going in to the town of Silverton. Once we travel past Rockwood there will be no stores, there will be limited cell phone service areas, and the only traffic we’ll see will be train traffic!The train will be pulled by a steam locomotive and will consist of all standard-class coaches and gondolas, a Concession Car and Boxcar, with contemporary Durango & Silverton Railroad lettering. Seats will be reserved in coaches and gondolas and will be open for all passengers to visit if they’d like. Restrooms are available in each coach.

Each day’s trains will be slightly different and offer something unique.

Twin Bridge runby

"Unique" Fall Photographer's Special
Saturday, September 21st     
Durango Departure 6:00AM
Durango Arrival  4:30PM

Our departure on Saturday, September 21st will leave Durango at 6:00AM.  Passengers will have the opportunity to photograph the train with a backdrop of high peaks, autumn color and the Animas River. Saturday's Fall Photography Special will offer runby locations that are new and uncommon to the photo specials.  We will also have opportunities to photograph the D&SNG passenger trains.  You will experience the pure majesty of autumn in the San Juan Mountains.  You will return to Durango at 4:30PM.

"Classic" Photographer's Special
Sunday, September 22nd    
Durango Departure 9:30AM
Durango Arrival  7:30PM

Our departure on Sunday, September 22nd will leave Durango at 9:30AM.  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. Sunday's Fall Photography Special will feature photo runby locations that are fan favorites and always an enjoyable site to shoot.  This includes locations such as the high bridge and the horseshoe curve.  We will also have opportunities to photograph D&SNGRR passenger trains. You will return to Durango at 7:30PM.

Fares Each Day:
Standard Price:  $219*
*All fares subject to 8% Historic Preservation Fee

Available for call-in booking only. Call 888-872-4607 to book your seat!

Note: Passengers also must have the ability to traverse possible rough terrain, board and de-board with photography equipment safely and expediently many times throughout the day. Although we don't exclude children, these events are designed for adult photographer enthusiasts. It is a long day on the train, tiring but exhilarating, and is not recommended for children.

Requirements for riding the Photographer Special Trains:

    • A signed Release of Liability form 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.

    • Name Badge- These will be distributed at the Durango Depot during orientation.

    • Ability to maintain silence during run-bys.

    • 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. No open-toed or open-heel shoes.  Wear neutral colored clothing in case you accidentally get in another photographer's frame.

    • Passengers must be physically able to maneuver in rough, hilly terrain and be able to board and unload safely many times. Please do not ride on the platforms or hang out the windows.

    • 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.

      Durango Night Photography Shoots
      Friday September 20 & Saturday September 21

      There is always something magical about night photography, even more so with a live steam locomotive! Seeing and photographing the nightly operations of an active roundhouse and the use of a turntable at night is a rare opportunity! You will have the opportunity to capture the evening routine of loading the tender with coal, filling the sand dome from the sand tower, emptying the ash pan, and turning on the turn table.  Night shoots are limited to 25 people per night.

      Our Night Yard shoots are scheduled for Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21 from 7:30PM-10:00PM.  You must have booked a seat on one of the Fall Photographer Trains to participate in the Night Photography Sessions.  If there are any spaces available 24 hours before the night session, they will go up for sale to the general public.  Professional lighting will be provided and scenes arranged to create unique ways to illuminate the equipment and workers of the narrow gauge railroad.  We'll meet at the Durango Depot at 7:30PM and after a brief orientation, all participants will receive an ID badge.  We will start around 8:00PM and continue shooting until about 10:00PM. 

      Night Photography Shoot cost  is $74 per person*
      *  Fares subject to 8% Historic Preservation Fee


Fall Photo Train 2012

Suggestions 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 or two in advance and drink lots of water. Limit alcohol and caffeine intake.

  • WEATHER: 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! 
    As always, we have put in a request to higher powers for blue skies and white clouds but there is no guarantee!
    INCLEMENT WEATHER: Unless there are EXTREME weather conditions that force us to cancel the train, we expect to run as planned. (Sometimes some of the best images are captured in less than favorable weather!) We may skip, add, or replace certain run-bys as conditions change. Wear waterproof footwear. Bring rain gear, umbrella, and protection for your camera gear. Often a gallon-size baggie can be great protection from rain. As we get into the mountains, inclement weather can turn cold. Pack a hat and gloves.
    Passengers always have the choice to stay on board during any run-by.

  • 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 first whistle until out of sight.

  • 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.  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!


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