Fall Photography Special

50 Years Ago On The Silverton
Featuring a 1970’s Consist with Rio Grande Lettering And A Diamond Stack

Friday, October 21, 2022 Night Shoot
Saturday October 22, 2022  Fall Photo Special

Booking by phone only by calling 1-877-872-4607.  No online booking available.  


Join us for a truly unique Fall Photo Special featuring Locomotive 476 highlighted by a 1970’s consist with Rio Grande lettering and a Diamond Stack!

Unlike the regular excursion trains, Photographer Special Trains allow you to de-board at 6 pre-determined locations both northbound and southbound to experience and photograph the pure majesty of the late autumn landscape in the San Juan Mountains. Opportunities abound to photograph this retro train against a backdrop of the high mountain peaks of the Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado!  Staged photo opportunities include the 463 arrival.  This will be a trip where you will make lifelong memories!

The consist will include Locomotive 476 with Rio Grande lettering, Diamond Stack and up to 3 coaches featuring Denver & Rio Grande Western lettering.  Coach seating includes a boxed lunch and water. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic only).  Additional snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Fall Photo Evening Shoot
Friday, October 21, 2022
A rare opportunity to photograph locomotives in the D&S railyard at night.
(Must purchase photo train ticket to participate in Night Shoot*)

*If space is still available within 48 hours of the Night Shoot, then it will be available to purchase as a stand alone event. 
$75 per person

Fall Photo Special
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Durango-Silverton with 6 Northbound run-bys plus staged photos in Silverton including a photo opp with the 463 arrival

Silverton-Durango with 6 Southbound run-bys


$375* Coach seating (includes lunch)
*plus 8% historic preservation fee

Booking by phone only by calling 1-877-872-4607.  No online booking available.

Important Information for all Photo Special Passengers

Note: Passengers 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. Forms will 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.
    • If you have dietary restrictions or special needs, please be sure to bring your own food and beverages.

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 October!
    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. Thank you for your cooperation in conducting a safe & enjoyable D&S Photo Train!

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