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Winter Photo Special

Night Shoot- Saturday, February 10, 2024 (Night Shoot is Sold Out)
Photo Special-Sunday, February 11, 2024 (Sold Out)  Please call us if you’d like to be added to the wait list.

A number of classic run-by photo opportunities await you as you depart on this unforgettable winter event train powered by a historic veteran steam locomotive leading a mixed consist reminiscent of a 1982 winter excursion conducted on the Silverton branch for the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club!

Historic Steam Locomotive*
Box Car
Box Car
Concession Car
Coach 319
Coach 323

*Use of Locomotive 481 is anticipated but not guaranteed. If the 481 is not available, another historic steam locomotive will run.

Please call 1.877.872.4607 to book!


February 10- Night Shoot** 6:30pm-9:00pm (Will feature Locomotive #481)
February 11- Winter Photo Train   8:00am- 5:30pm

**Must Purchase a Winter Photo Train ticket in order to participate in Night Photo Shoot. If there are any spaces available 24 hours before the night session, they will be made available to the general public.

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


Back by popular demand!

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

Coach seating includes a boxed lunch and historic mug. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic only).  Additional snacks and beverages will be available for purchase in the concession car.

Winter Evening Shoot
February 10- Night Shoot** 6:30pm-9:00pm.  Guests will need to arrive by 6:15pm in the depot for a safety briefing.
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. 
$95 per person

2024 Winter Photo Special-
February 11
Train Departure 8:00am
Cascade (Lunch) 12:15pm
Cascade Departure 12:40
Photo Train will travel north of Cascade only as far as practical to do so.
Durango Arrival 5:30pm


$325* Standard Class Coach seating (includes lunch)
$375* Caboose Seating
*plus 8% historic preservation fee

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

This Photo Special includes lunch and water/soda. Guests with dietary restrictions are strongly encouraged to bring their own 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, the 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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