There are two museums, one at each end of the line in Durango and in Silverton. The museum in Durango is 12,000 square feet and was opened in 1998. Most of the exhibits in this museum were donated by families of rail road workers from the D&RGW line. Guided tours of this museum can be prearranged and a book store is also available with a large rail road history section.
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Rail Road Museum in Silverton is in the Silverton Depot that was built in 1882. This building has stood the test of time, having been built to be temporary and bombed in 1975, this building has been a symbol of strength in the community. Baldwin Locomotive #493 from 1902 is on display in the courtyard.
D&SNG Yard Tours are also available where visitors can get the full story of the 135-year history of the rail road and see the inner workings of the yard and shops on a fully guided, immersive tour. Tours last for one hour and participants will get to see the machine shop, round house, car shop, and go behind the scenes in the museum with a docent. These tours are done May through October and are available twice daily.
Locomotive Cab Rides are available where you can see what it takes to operate a locomotive for a day and live the life of an engineer and fireman. These are 3.5 hour rides one way can ride, but a 9-hour round trip experience. There are also similar excursions available but in motor cars. These types of rides can be taken all year round. Riders must be over 18.
Historic Narration Rides are available in the summer and fall where passengers ride between Silverton and Durango with theatrical storytelling of the history of the West and Old days in the two towns.
Train to Cascade Canyon is one of the most popular routes offered by the rail road. This scenic route is beautiful no matter the season. The 26-mile-long journey will take 5 hours and is popular for photographers and nature lovers. The trip winds through the San Juan National Forest and follows the Animas River. Things to Do in Colorado: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Rail Road & Museum - Photo: PHB.cz/Fotolia
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