- June 27, 2018
-- 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 it is delaying the resumption of its coal-fired steam train passenger service until at least Thurs., July 12 to ensure guest, employee, and partner safety during protracted severe drought and fire conditions.
The D&SNGRR selected the July 12 restart date based on current weather forecasts, which project an improved chance of precipitation in July. It also provides the needed time to complete track and right-of-way repairs in the fire-affected area and complete a full inspection of the rail line prior to a return to service. The railroad will continue to monitor these and other mitigating factors in the coming days, and it reserves the right to modify the service resumption date if favorable weather patterns do not materialize.
Passengers who purchased steam train passenger service excursions to Silverton that have been canceled have the options of receiving a full refund; transferring their tickets to ride the Cascade Canyon Express, a diesel train locomotive experience through the San Juan Mountains; or rescheduling their trips for later this summer when steam train service resumes. All fare and schedule information for these excursions can be found on the railroad's website at www.durangotrain.com