Charles Haacker wrote:This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton, Colorado, since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. It is a family-friendly ride sure to create memories that will last a lifetime while offering a view of Colorado's mountain splendor inaccessible by highway. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. (From the website)
Daphne and I were lifelong railfans, maybe not to the point of chasing legacy locomotives around the country, but rarely missing a chance to visit a RR museum and just generally liking trains. Daphne had always wanted to ride the Durango and Silverton (she also wanted to ride the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad but, well...). We had a whale of a time on that ride, in the open gondola for scenic photography and wind and chill and who knew about the smoke and ash and clinkers? I pretty much ruined my new-not-dust-sealed Nikon P7800 (permanent sensor spots) but I can honestly say it was worth it! Elevation of Durango is 6531.47 feet or 1990.79 meters and the elevation of Silverton is 9307.92 feet or 2837.06 meters, which is a difference of 2776.45 feet or 846.26 meters. Passengers are warned about possibly feeling some altitude symptoms at Silverton.
These pictures have all been reworked in Lightroom from the original jpegs (no raw for another year bad me ) If anyone wants to scroll through the hull set you can see them here.
Thanks, Linda! One thing that thrills me more than anything is how much Daphne enjoyed it. She had graduated from U of Denver and loved anything Colorado, but she had never been on one of these legacy railroads. The grit and wind and chill didn't matter.LindaShorey wrote:Neat-o! And how about that backdrop in #1 - wow. Very enjoyable series, Chuck.
One of the main reasons we almost always went west was mountains, nostri monti. Daphne was born in Wyoming and was very much a western girl, but I was bawn in Noo Yawk Sitee and poisonally put da tenduh in tenduhfoot. But we were both in California when we met, and we ended up going into the High Sierra very chance we got. Lurves me some mountains!PietFrancke wrote:this looks like a must-do kind of thing. Wide open spaces and looming mountains make for a wonderful companion to the old past. In image one, it does look like sometimes the wind will blow sand onto the tracks.
Thanks Min, and yer right, I should do that. I no longer "see" in black and white and just don't think about it.minniev wrote:Great images Chuck. I especially like the first two, because I can imagine them being in an entirely different period of time. There is something wonderful about old trains, whether you're watching them or riding them or photographing them. I'd be tempted to dress one of those up like some I've seen Graham Smith do, with period monochrome processing, and have some fun playing!
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