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May 7, 2015 Rockslide shortens train trip


RockslideD&SNGRR Patrol Car Finds Rock Slide, Significant Rail Damage

Update May 8, 5:00pm:

Train resumes service to Silverton on Saturday May 9! Update 5pm May 8: Our wonderful, fantastic, amazing Maintenance of Way crews got it done! They removed tons of boulders, rocks and debris, replaced rail, and realigned track. Although the trip to Cascade Canyon is still a wonderful albeit abbreviated journey, I think everyone is happy to resume our scheduled train excursion to Silverton, CO.


May 7, 2015


D&SNGRR Patrol Car Finds Rock Slide, Significant Rail Damage
Abbreviated Train Service is Available

In our commitment to safety, a D&SNGRR motorcar travels the tracks ahead of the train every morning to look for and remove any obstructions or safety issues along the rails.

Early Thursday morning, May 7, 2015, a significant amount of rock and debris was found on the rails at Milepost 481.6, approximately 14 miles south of Silverton. Rails and track bed have been damaged preventing the train from reaching its destination town of Silverton. An abbreviated train ride 26 miles up the line to the wilderness destination of Cascade Canyon is available. This 5-hour round trip takes you through the legendary highline portion of the Animas River. Passengers have the opportunity to detrain and explore the trails and footbridge during the 45 minute stopover at Cascade Canyon.
Currently the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad's Maintenance of Way (MOW) crews are evaluating when service will resume to Silverton, CO. Passengers scheduled to ride the train in the next couple days are encouraged to check with the ticket office at the Durango depot at 479 Main Avenue, call 970-247-2733 or follow the DSNGRR's website, Twitter and Facebook accounts for latest status updates and trip options.

4:30PM May 7, 2015

The Maintenance of Way crew has made amazing progress today repairing the damaged area. In addition to crew arriving from the south side, a crew from the Silverton end arrived with bulldozer and other heavy equipment using the diesel and flatcar that was on standby for this type of event. Although tracks will not be ready for safe passage to Silverton tomorrow, our 5-hour roundtrip ride to Cascade Canyon will run 8:45am-1:45pm. We are hopeful to have the track to Silverton open on Saturday but it depends on how repairs go on Friday. We'll keep you posted here and on Facebook and Twitter.


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