D&SNGRR Announces Multiple Track Repairs, Steam Train Passenger Service Cancellation on July 18-19
Historic 137-Year-Old Railroad in Southwestern Colorado to Resume Service On Friday, July 20 Following Detailed Assessment of Track, Railbed Conditions
By: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
D&SNGRR guests whose excursions are canceled as a result of this safety-focused decision will receive full, immediate and automatic ticket refunds. Ticket holders should allow 10-12 business days for their refunds to be processed and appear on their credit card statements.
In the early evening hours of Tues., July 17, the D&SNGRR encountered significant mudslide debris on the tracks, and obvious signs that the railbed had been compromised by mud and run-off, from recent torrential rains in the Four Corners area. Multiple sections of the historic line between Hermosa and Rockwood were adversely impacted.
While passengers were transported by bus back to Durango last night, the D&SNGRR's maintenance of way (MOW) crew began assessing the affected track sections, and immediately working to repair damaged rails and installing cribbing to fortify areas where it was necessary. In addition, the company hired Bond Construction of Durango to assist the railroad in making all necessary repairs today and tomorrow so service can resume on Fri., July 20. The two-day service cancellation is a necessary step to facilitate all repair work in a diligent and effective manner, and allow sufficient time for testing the viability and safety of the line once repairs are completed.
"Guest, employee and community safety is, and always has been, of extraordinary importance to the D&SNGRR, and it is the top priority across all of this railroad's business and maintenance functions," reiterated John Harper, general manager of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. "In this instance, we require two full days of methodical repair work and post-reparation assessment and testing to ensure the track is up to our exacting quality and safety standards. Thanks to the efforts of our outstanding MOW team members and colleagues at Bond Construction, we plan to have all of these activities completed tomorrow, and resume passenger service to Silverton on Friday."
Keith R. Pillow, APR, MBA