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Winter Storms January 2010

Since January 18, 2010 a series of winter storms have dumped more than 4 feet of snow in some areas.  The D&S has spent countless hours clearing snow in the yard and the right of way in order to get trains running to Cascade Canyon again! The flanger and 2 cabooses have been pulled by the K-28 locomotive 473. The flanger (circa 1880s) has been worked hard! We brought the trackhoe up on a flatcar to remove snow past Rockwood.
More photos will be posted so please check back again soon!

Excerpt from the Durango Herald, January 23, 2010:
The snow began flying Monday evening and continued for four consecutive days with periodic interruptions. A total of three storms passed through the region with 12- to 18-hour breaks between each one. As of Friday morning, Durango had received 35 inches over the preceding four days. As of Friday afternoon, Pagosa Springs reported 31.3 inches, Durango West II subdivision 39.7 inches, and Wolf Creek Pass 48 inches.

The 35 inches is also Durango's total for January, which is more than twice the average January snowfall of 16.9 inches. The historical record for snowfall in January occurred in 1916 when 74 inches fell. The second- and third-highest snowfalls for January occurred in 1980 when 58½ inches fell and in 1957 when 58 inches fell.

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