Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Announces Dinosaur Train™ Series, June 18-19 and 25-26

Historic Railroad to Partner with New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Bringing Buddy's Educational Adventures to Life for the Entire Family
 
 
The Dinosaur Train's main character, Buddy, greets D&SNGRR guests.
The Dinosaur Train's main character, Buddy, greets D&SNGRR guests.
 
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DURANGO, Colo. - May 23, 2016 - PRLog -- The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR)™, which offers distinctive year-round rail experiences and special events to passengers of all ages in the remote, scenic wilderness and high-mountain landscape of Colorado's San Juan National Forest, today announced the schedule, activities list, and ticket pricing for its fifth annual Dinosaur Train™ event series, based on the world-renowned, Emmy®-nominated PBS Kids® television show of the same name created and produced by The Jim Henson Company.

The railroad will host 12 Dinosaur Train-themed excursions, three each day, the weekends of June 18-19 and June 25-26. Tickets may be purchased by calling (888) 872-4607. The officially-licensed events are a collaboration between The Jim Henson Company and Rail Events, Inc., a sister company of the D&SNGRR that coordinates licensed special events, event promotions, merchandising, and related activities to railroad and museum operators throughout the United States and Canada.

For the first time in the event's history, the D&SNGRR is partnering with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and its team of experienced paleontologists to provide Dinosaur Train riders with valuable educational information. During each excursion, museum representatives will be on hand to show off various fossils, share insightful details about specific dinosaur species, and assist guests with fun dinosaur-oriented activities.

The family-friendly outings, which feature the curious and lovable young Tyrannosaurus rex Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family, keep guests engaged with Dinosaur Train songs and sing-a-longs, on-board snacks, and natural history presentations about dinosaurs and their habitats. Once the train reaches the Nature Trackers Adventure Area, guests will have 90 minutes to participate in exciting activities and challenges, including a fossil dig, dinosaur tracking, walking like dinosaurs, dinosaur education, a live animal show, face painting, temporary tattoos, live entertainment, and photo opportunities with Buddy and his friends.

"Over the past five years, Dinosaur Train-themed excursions have become popular, early-summer traditions for many families with young children who are fans of the PBS Kids program and interested in learning more about these fascinating prehistoric creatures," said Allen C. Harper, co-owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of American Heritage Railways, Inc., the parent company of the D&SNGRR and Rail Events, and the architect and executive producer of the Dinosaur Train event series. "More importantly, these special events reflect our continued commitment to staging fun, interactive, and family-friendly events which are enjoyable for parents and children alike, and offer unique, hands-on learning opportunities for guests of all ages."

"The Dinosaur Train TV series, and the railroad's themed excursions, are fantastic, well-designed vehicles which get children and their parents excited about science, natural history, and paleontology," said Dr. Thomas E. Williamson, paleontology curator at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, assistant professor of earth and planetary science at the University of New Mexico, and a widely-published expert on geology, stratigraphy, and vertebrate paleontology. "For millennia, dinosaurs have captured our fascination, fueled much ongoing research, and remained popular study subjects and discussion topics. The railroad's Dinosaur Train experiences leverage this intense interest, so the museum is pleased to be collaborating with the D&SNGRR in helping its guests better understand and appreciate these magnificent species."

Dinosaur Train is an Emmy-nominated and Parents' Choice Silver Honor TV series which consistently ranks in the top-10 shows for children ages two to five. Each half-hour episode, produced using computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation, features Buddy, a preschool-aged t. rex, and his adoptive Pteranodon family traveling on a special train to meet all kinds of dinosaurs, and have whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans. Created by Craig Bartlett, the series is produced by The Jim Henson Company, and co-produced by Singapore animation company Sparky Animation with original support from the Singapore Media Development Authority. U.K. production and financial support is provided by Ingenious Media.

Dinosaur Train Excursion Dates and Times
The railroad will host 12 Dinosaur Train excursions, three each day, the weekends of June 18-19 and June 25-26. Departing from the D&SNGRR depot in downtown Durango, the schedule for each day is as follows:

Train  Schedule
Dinosaur Train #1  Departs:  10:00 a.m. / Returns:  12:45 p.m.
Dinosaur Train #2  Departs:  11:30 a.m.  / Returns:  2:30 p.m.
Dinosaur Train #3  Departs:  1:00 p.m./ Returns:  4:00 p.m.

Ticket Pricing and Availability
Dinosaur Train tickets are available now by calling (888) 872-4607, or via the railroad's online reservations system at www.durangotrain.com. Standard-class tickets are $32.00 per person for adults, and $24.00 each for children ages 2-11. Deluxe class tickets are $42.00 per person for adults, and $34.00 each for children ages 2-11. All tickets are subject to a seven percent historic preservation fee.

Note to Editors:  High-resolution photos of past Dinosaur Train events are available upon request by contacting D&SNGRR marketing specialist Yvonne Lashmett at (970) 385-8801, or by e-mail at ylashmett@durangotrain.com.

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