Wednesday April 17 2013
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) is made up of well maintained original equipment. The Spring tour (the one we took) does not go all the way to Silverton due to snow and weather conditions. The two hour train trip took us to Cascade Canyon where we detrained for an hour walk and picnic lunch along the river, then the two hour trop back to Durango.
First stop for us in the early morning would be the Jean-Pierre French Bakery (that once again Lynne had discovered in he ever valuable research) for picnic fare.
|The *French* French Bakery|
We had chosen to go "first class" on this trip, and forego the open air cars or the bus-like seating of the coach cars. Here we had our own little table and unlimited (non-alcohol) drinks with alcohol for sale for those who chose.
|Being in the last car gave us a good view point of the front end as it curved around the mountain side|
Our train route took us to see the places only accessible by train or foot and though we did not see wildlife, we had many views of waterfalls, peaks, and canyons. Also of a safety pin.
It began to snow as we got near Cascade Canyon.
|"I promise a chicken in every pot"|
|"...and a pot in every kitchen"|
|Our guide told us of the hundreds of gallons of water (we had one water stop on our trip) and hundreds of tons of coal it takes to run this steam engined train, and of the tall lanky 23 year old guy who shovels the goal all the trip long. What a job! And he has known he wanted to do this work since he was about six years old!|
One more fantastic day! And one more chance for a bike ride or walk as we so chose. And to pack up for our flight out in the morning.