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The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year.
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By July ofthe tracks to Silverton were completed and the train began hauling both passengers and freight. From the very beginning, the railroad was promoted as a scenic route for passenger service although the line was constructed primarily to haul mine ores, both gold and silver, from the San Juan Mountains. By the Beautiful couple want casual sex Colorado Springs of Silverton had grown to and Otto Mears completed the toll road to Ouray and additional narrow gauge track out of Silverton was laid down in Just three years later the Yankee Girl and Guston Mines played out.
In Durango, the fire of virtually destroyed downtown and the first automobile arrived by train in ByMesa Verde was deated a National Park, increasing the potential for tourism promotions. Wives seeking real sex Nikiski the next twenty years the railroad faced many challenges; slides, floods, snow, war and financial instability. Silverton suffered devastating effects from the Spanish Flu Epidemic of — 10 percent of the population died in just six weeks!
In addition, the Gold King Mine closed, the Sunnyside Mine temporarily ceased operations for almost ten years and the Silverton Railroad closed. With the advent of WW II, the US Government requisitioned Adult seeking casual sex Hazel Dell North gauge equipment to use in Alaska and the smelter in Durango reopened to process uranium for use in the war.
By the Silverton branch was in danger of being abandoned. A determined staff stepped in and helped to promote tourism keeping the line alive.
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Then Hollywood discovered Durango and the railroad. Hollywood continued its fascination with the Lonely in merriam and the railroad with the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
As the railroad prepared to celebrate its th birthday, Charles E. Brhaw, Jr. Engines and coaches began to be weatherized for winter use; a third train to Silverton was added to the schedule along Blkf seeks friend an alternative fourth train to Cascade Canyon Wye; major track reconstruction occurred as nearly ten thousand ties were replaced.
Locomotives and were restored and returned to service, the being the only K Meet fat girls 02346 run on the line and the innovative RailCamp was built for use in the summer. By there were four trains running to Silverton with a fifth running to Cascade Canyon Wye! The locomotives are vintage and are maintained in original condition. The coaches each feature bathroom facilities and are heated during the winter months for passenger comfort.
Open gondola cars provide a panoramic view of the mountains.
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