This week’s Travel Photo Thursday picture was taken by another member of the Traveling with Sweeney family. Cousin TWS, Thomas Holt Ward, took this shot of the historic Durango to Silverton train as it passed near his home in Durango, Colorado.
In operation since 1882, the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was originally built to transport silver & gold ore from the San Juan Mountains. However, even in its earliest days of operation, passengers have been riding the line specifically for the scenic views. Today, it gives travelers a feeling of the old west as they take in the spectacular beauty of the Colorado Rockies. I rode this train many years ago with a sense of adventure as we wound around curves and climbed nearly 3,000 feet on our way to the old mining town of Silverton, Colorado.
The train runs at a maximum speed of 18mph and takes 3-1/2 hours to reach Silverton, 45 miles from Durango. The railroad is a National Historic Landmark and is in service year-round.
Thanks for the photo, Cousin TWS!
For more information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
This is my contribution to this week’s Travel Photo Thursday originated by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to check out other contributions on her website.