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Published: October 10th 2013
Open cattle car seating
Although cooler, it offered better seating and a superior viewing platform.
OK, we took over 170 pictures on the ride from Durango to Silverton and back. Instead of trying to select 3-5 for the previous blog, I opted to do a separate one of mostly pictures. But no picture, not even video, would be able to capture the smell of the coal burning car, the feel of cinders in the eye, the spray of steam as the engine released pressure, nor the bounce, sway, and rocking we experienced for 3.5 hours up and then 3.5 hours back.
We sat in a "cattle" car, open sided, but facing out. Yes, colder; but, more leg room, wider butt room and better views. When we got back, we definitely needed a shower for the coal dust and to warm up. But what a wonderful experience!!
When we got to Silverton, we had two hours to look around and grab some lunch. There were many good spots to eat, but we settled on a recommendation from the Conductor for a good Elk sandwich. It was good, but not as good as the buffalo.
The ride home we were on the opposite side of the car so we had different views. This time we
Passing our campground
About 5 miles out from town, we passed our campsite.
could look straight down to the river far below. Yep, still cold, but it was fun. Hope the pictures give just a glimpse of the great ride we had.
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