Durango & Silverton resumes steam operations

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Durango & Silverton 473 leads a special train through the Animas River gorge in 2009. The engine also lead the first steam train to Silverton in six weeks on July 12, 2018.
Trains: Jim Wrinn
DURANGO, Colo. — Steam trains are running to Silverton again for the first time in six weeks after county officials reduced the fire danger restrictions. The first Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad trains left Durango this morning with 2-8-2 No. 473 on the point of a 14-car train.

D&SNG suspended all operations on June 1 after a wildfire started near Hermosa, Colo., about 10 miles north of Durango. As of July 9, the 416 Fire has scorched more than 54,000 acres. The railroad has been running three daily diesel-powered round trip excursions from Rockwood to Cascade, in lieu of regular steam excursions between its two namesake towns.

The D&S is one of the classic steam excursions in North America and its temporary suspension dealt a hefty impact to Southwest Colorado, which depends heavily on tourist dollars.

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