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Locomotive and Motor Car Rides

Your chance to experience part of what it takes to work the railroad line!

Locomotive Cab Ride
(Available Throughout the Year)

Locomotive cab rider

Experience a day in the life of an engineer and fireman in the cab of a steam locomotive. Watch them feed the fire and watch the gauges for safe and efficient operation of the locomotive.




Ride 3 1/2 hours one-way in the cab of an authentic K-28 or K-36 coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive pulling our regularly Engineer in loco cabscheduled train. Observe first-hand what it takes to operate a historic steam locomotive.





Book a morning trip from Durango to Silverton or an afternoon trip from Silverton to Durango. Ride the opposite direction in the comfort of your choice between standard train seating or riding in our motor coach on US Highway 550. Estimated round-trip train excursion time is 9 hours including layover in Silverton.

Locomotive Ride Fare: $1000*

*Subject to 8% historical preservation fee. 

Motor Car Ride
(Available May-October)

Motorcar HighlineRide the rails with a veteran Maintenance-of-Way crewmember in a motorcar. This excursion allows you to experience a typical afternoon patroling and maintaining the rails and right-of-way staying in communication with the train returning from Silverton. The views and the opportunity for photographs is unsurpassed! Ride to Silverton in the comfort of your choice between standard train seating or riding in our motor coach on US Highway 550.

Silverton OW Motor Car Ride fare (May-Oct): $500*

*Subject to 8% historical preservation fee.

All Locomotive and Motor Car riders: You must be at least 18 years old. You will be issued the official D&SNGRR attire that is yours to keep after the excursion! Please wear sturdy lace-up boots and bring a water bottle. D&SNGRR will provide overalls, shirt, engineer hat, protective eyewear & earplugs, and a pair of gloves.

Book both Silverton rides for a special package savings price of only $1200*!

*Subject to 8% Historic Preservation Fee

Call 970-259-3372 for date availability and advance reservations.

Reservations require prepayment. No refund within 14 days of departure.

Schedule, motive power, and equipment are subject to change without notice.

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