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Old 08-13-2019, 03:36 PM   #1
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Durango / Silverton train ride...Who all has done this ? If so...what railcar would you choose if you were doing it again ?
We will be going on the train is Sept and just wanted a few tips on what we should do.
I will be dressing in layers for sure.

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Old 08-13-2019, 03:55 PM   #2
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Might be a little cool in the am. That time of year is still flip flop weather most of the time.
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Old 08-13-2019, 03:56 PM   #3
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I like the open cars with a top, but have never tried an enclosed one with windows.
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:27 PM   #4
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We just went on it a few weeks ago. Definitely go open air car with a top (not sure if there are cars without a top), you will be able to see a lot more. I would suggest one of the ones towards the back. You can get some cool pics of the engine/train going around curves that I don't think you would be able to get right behind the engine.

If only going up the mountain, sit on the right side of the train (passenger side). The views from that side are a lot better. If you are going to ride it back down then it doesn't matter as long as you sit on the same side of the train.

I'm sure the weather will be a little different in September vs early July but I wore shorts and a t-shirt and was never cold. We did take hoodies but never needed them, at least I didn't. It really depends on whether you are cold natured or hot natured (I tend to sweat a lot more than I shiver).

Another tip, especially in open air car, don't wear light colored clothes. There is a lot of soot in the air from the train. It all came out but my khaki shorts had a lot of black on them when we were done. And take eye wear, either sunglasses or safety glasses. The soot does get in your eyes. With that said, I wore my sunglasses about half the time and got a ton of soot in my eyes and it wasn't that big of a deal. The kids complained about it some though.

Have fun, it is worth it.
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:35 PM   #5
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Definitely BACK of the train!!!!!!!
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:57 PM   #6
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You can take the train one way and take a bus back. You might consider this. If you have kids train both ways.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:03 PM   #7
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Take the train to Soaring Zipline Resort. Did this a couple of years ago and had a great time by all. First class operation and beautiful scenery.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:03 PM   #8
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My coworker just went and they took the 21+ car which is the one in the very back. They loved it. You can get a car with a glass roof and also those with open sides. The lady that was in their car said they sell a lot of blankets to the folks in the open air cars. That’s all I know.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:04 PM   #9
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Same scenery...only do it one direction....open air car and enjoy...
Well worth it
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:05 PM   #10
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:15 PM   #11
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We havenít done Durango yet, only Leadville and Cripple Creek.

Those were both amazing.

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Old 08-13-2019, 05:31 PM   #12
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Haven't done the Durango/Silverton yet but it's on the list. We are looking at going with the Cumbres/Toltec train that runs 64 miles from Chama, NM to Antonio, CO. first.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:54 PM   #13
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Thanks to all for the information !
We will definitely try and get a open air car towards the back.


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Old 08-13-2019, 06:01 PM   #14
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I think we did Silverton about 8 years ago. Girls were bored but I like that kinda stuff.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:21 PM   #15
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I knew old timers that used to ride the train in Durango to their hunting area and it would stop to let them off and then pick them back up when they were finished hunting. Sounds cool!
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:40 PM   #16
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Bobby, give my father-in-law a call...I believe they have done the ride a few times, and he should have some good info on it. We almost took the train last month, and if I’m ever there when the leaves change colors, I will definitely take the train
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:08 AM   #17
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Thanks Jarvis...will do.


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Old 08-14-2019, 07:12 AM   #18
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We go to Lake City/Silverton every summer...is there a way to take the train backwards, from Silverton to Durango and back? Doesn't look like it, but worth a shot.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:22 AM   #19
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It was really hot in the enclosed ones.

I agree, get at the back.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:47 AM   #20
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We went last year at the end of July. The train ride is great! We did the Enclosed car all the way at the back. Car didn't get hot & it has big windows so you can see everything pretty good. Try & get a seat on the right side of the car. I think if I did it again I would just take it up to Silverton & bring the bus back. Even on the bus the views will be great. Don't think I would do an open car. If the weather is bad it would suck. We just got back from our second trip to Durango. This time we took the Million Dollar Hwy. up through Silverton & then to Ouray. I would recommend taking a day & doing that. Also going to the Ski resort is fun.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:53 AM   #21
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:30 AM   #22
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I did this about 30 years ago. On the way back we got off half way down and hiked up and over the divide, met the train again a week later for the ride out. Great experience, have fun.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:42 AM   #23
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I have done the Durango train ride a couple times. We usually ride one way then my Uncle who lives in Durango will meet us in Silverton and we go get us a bite to eat at the Handlebar Saloon. Then drive around the mountains and old mining roads. Open air cars to the back is the best place to be. Here are a few pics one from an open air car in the back and the interior of a closed car. The folks in that pic are my parents. My dad looks like he belongs in the mountains.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:48 PM   #24
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I would suggest sitting on the right side towards the back, like every one has said and Bring glasses. I would do the one way trip I was to do it again.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:22 PM   #25
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Take train up, bring some jackets. Rent a jeep or Ranger for 4 hours at the top and ride the trails; well worth it. Ride the bus back.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:33 PM   #26
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I have ridden it, and it's a fun trip, but the Cumbres & Toltec between Chama and Antonita has much better scenery and vistas. My recollection is that the Durango/Silverton train travels through the valley, and the views are more close in, whereas the Cumbres & Toltec has much more pretty views from up high and down low. If you ever get tthe chance, I highly recommend trying that excursion.
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:18 AM   #27
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We rode in the closed car, at the end of the train, but we had small kids, then. We rode the bus from Durango to Silverton, explored Silverton a little bit, and then rode the train back down to Durango.
On the enclosed cars, you have to stick your head out the window occasionally to see everything.
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:24 AM   #28
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:48 AM   #29
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Thanks everyone...we are really looking forward to it and also jeeping in between
Silverton and Ouray on Engineer, Poughkeepsie, and Imogene passes as well !
Going to be towing our jeep up there.
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