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While camping in nearby Mancos State Park, we take a ride aboard this famed heritage coal-fired steam-powered railway that dates to 1882, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark and Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. This is one of the most sought-after attractions for travelers and RV'ers in all of Colorado:

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Did anyone see the video where the steam engine blew a piston?





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Lynnmor wrote:

Did anyone see the video where the steam engine blew a piston?


I'll definitely have to go look for that one.

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If you enjoy the old narrow gauge steam railroads give the Cumbres & Toltec a try. You will enjoy it also. Take it from the Antonito end, just south of Alamosa.

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BB_TX wrote:

If you enjoy the old narrow gauge steam railroads give the Cumbres & Toltec a try. You will enjoy it also. Take it from the Antonito end, just south of Alamosa.


It's already on the list. Along with the D&SNGRR it's the only remaining vestige of the Denver & Rio Grande's once vast narrow gauge network.

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FirstTracks wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

Did anyone see the video where the steam engine blew a piston?


I'll definitely have to go look for that one.


Here ya go: about 35:20

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Lynnmor wrote:

FirstTracks wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

Did anyone see the video where the steam engine blew a piston?


I'll definitely have to go look for that one.


Here ya go: about 35:20


Thanks!

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My daughter and I rode the Durango/Silverton Railroad trip when she was going to school at Fort Lewis College in Durango. It was a very pleasant trip and the staff were very well informed and nice to talk to.


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We took the D&SNGRR back in 2010, awesome scenery and the old steam engine was also a great experience.

Here's a video I shot back then of the gorge. This will illustrate why the train moves slowly through certain sections. [emoticon]

Silverton is a fun town, we enjoyed that very much.

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dapperdan wrote:

Here's a video I shot back then of the gorge. This will illustrate why the train moves slowly through certain sections. [emoticon]


Yup, pretty much! [emoticon] Thanks for sharing the clip, Dan!

dapperdan wrote:

Silverton is a fun town, we enjoyed that very much.


As did we. In fact, this marks the third camping season in a row that we ended up in Silverton, one way or another. We spent much more time covering the Silverton area in depth in our Million Dollar Highway episode.

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