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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum

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Train Schedule & Fares ~ May 3-Oct 25, 2014:

Fall at Elk Park

Ride a scenic, historic train between the towns of Durango and Silverton along the Animas River through wilderness unaccessible by any road!



2014 Dates

Train Departs
Durango

Train Arrives
Silverton

Train  Departs Silverton

Train Arrives Durango

May 3 - Oct 25

8:45 am

12:15 pm

2:30 pm

6:00 pm

May 17 – Oct 8

8:00 am
8:45 am

11:30 am
12:15 pm

1:45 pm
2:30 pm

5:15 pm
6:00 pm

Jun 9 – Aug 8

8:00 am
8:45 am
9:30 am

11:30 am
12:15 pm
1:00 pm

1:45 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm

5:15 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm


Standard-class: 
Adult (age 12+) $85* Child (age 4-11) $51* 
Except for Special Events, children under 4 years old not occupying a seatride FREE!
Be sure to check our HOT DEALS page for current discounts!
Historic Narration: Adult $104* Child $67*

Premium Class: (Not all Premium cars available every day.)
Presidential-class: All seats $189*
First-class: All seats $175*
Deluxe-class: All seats $134*

*Subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee

bus Enjoy one leg of your Silverton journey onboard a modern D&SNGRR bus as you travel along 52 miles of the San Juan Scenic Byway. This option offers you a different perspective of the majestic mountains.
Get more information on Bus/Train option!

Classes of Service

Once you've decided when you'll be in Durango, the next step in booking your steam rail adventure is choosing your car. With four classes of service, you are sure to find a car you'll love.

Presidential ClassPresidential Class(Age 21 and over)

Take a ride on the Cinco Animas! The Victorian splendor of a bygone era awaits you onboard one of the most legendary and historic private cars to ever grace the narrow gauge rails. The Cinco Animas offers two distinctively appointed seating areas and a large outdoor viewing platform is exclusively available to those who choose this car. Click here for more information.

 

Alamosa interior

First Class (Age 21 and over)

Ride in historic comfort and style on one of our First-Class cars. You will be hosted by a knowledgeable attendant who will provide complimentary morning pastries, non-alcoholic beverages and custom first-class amenities. Click here for more information.

 premium class

 Deluxe Class

The Rio Grande, the San Juan Coach, and Prospector Family Car are three of the most recently refurbished cars in our fleet. For those with families or just those looking for added comfort, these Premium options both offer larger seats and a more adult atmosphere than Standard class. Click here for more information.

 

Coach interiorStandard Class  (All ages)

Choose between vintage coach seating or open-air gondolas. Seat width in Standard-class is equal to the industry standard of an economy-class plane seat. Extra-space seating is available for an additional charge.



Upgrade to ride the Historic Narration Coach!
 (All ages)
Historic narrators
The narrators will relate their tales to you in first-person storytelling, dressed in period clothing to match their character.  Click here for more information about Narration Coach

 

Be sure to purchase your Parking Lot ticket when you book your train ride!

Click here to learn more.

Reunion? Wedding? Company retreat?

Reunion at CCY

 For information on booking your group of 20 or more guests, please click here.

Bus/Train combination options

Bus Train in SilvertonWant to spend MORE time in Silverton?
Want to SLEEP IN LATER before going to Silverton?
Want to ride round trip out of Silverton in ONE DAY?

Riding the D&SNG bus to Silverton is your ticket to having it YOUR WAY!

Enjoy one leg of your Silverton journey onboard a modern D&SNGRR bus as you travel along 52 miles of the San Juan Scenic Byway. This option offers you a different perspective of the majestic mountains.

FARES: Bus in Durango
Add a bus option to your Presidential or First-Class excursion at no additional charge. 
Add $12 to Standard, Narration and Deluxe Class train ticket fare for bus to Silverton; $17 for return bus from Silverton.

Limited seating on our busses -- book NOW!

Summer/Fall 2014 Train/Bus Schedule

Bus Train schedule

Enjoying the views while riding the bus on the San Juan Skyway!

Bus on pass

The Route

The D&SNGRR travels 45.4 miles each way along the Animas River from Durango to Silverton during our summer season May through October. On our winter trips late November through early May, the train travels 26 miles each way to the wye at Cascade Station.  Route Map

Along the Route

The route to Silverton aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is an unforgettable journey along the spectacular Animas River. The Animas River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire western United States. The route along the Animas, which begins high in the San Juan Mountains and ends in a confluence with the San Juan River in New Mexico, boasts some of Colorado's most striking canyon scenery. Throughout the season, the river will rise from around 400 c.f.s (cubic feet per second) in April, to over 6,000 c.f.s at peak snowmelt runoff in June, and will mellow out again in September.
The train will cross the river five times on its journey to Silverton, offering spectacular views from both sides of the train. We will pass fertile farmlands, old stagecoach roads, the breathtaking "Highline", the remote Tacoma Power Plant, old mining camps, and be in the shadow of peaks reaching over 14,000 feet, often with year-round snow!

Important Travel Tips

Weather:

The Durango area boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine each year. However, it’s always good to be prepared for rain or snow any time of year! Except for severe weather conditions, the D&SNG runs trains as scheduled.
If you're driving in Colorado, you can find current road conditions by visiting the CO Department of Transportation's Web site at COTrip.org 
For recorded phone information call: 303-639-1111 or instate toll free 877-315-7623.

What to wear:

With the high elevation and brilliant sunshine, we recommend you have a hat, sunglasses,  and sunscreen handy. When traveling on the D&SNGRR, we suggest you wear layers of clothing. The train climbs nearly 3,000 feet to Silverton and the high mountain air will be on average about 10 degrees cooler than in Durango.

Altitude:

Durango's elevation is 6,512 feet above sea level and Silverton sits comfortably at 9,305 feet elevation. Guests are encouraged to get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. Whenever possible, try to acclimate to the altitude by arriving a day early. If you have any health concerns, check with your physician for advice.

Silverton

Secluded in a mountain valley at an elevation of 9,318 feet, Silverton came into existence because of the rich treasures that the surrounding mountains hold. Though there are no longer any operating mines, the mining legacy pervades every aspect of the town, as a visit will show. It is a legacy that glitters in Silverton's elaborate Victorian-era architecture, reflecting the millions of dollars drawn from the earth during the mining boom of the late 1800's to early 1900's. 

Downtown Silverton along Greene & Blair Streets boasts of a bold past and is designated as a National Historic District. Be sure to stop by the Silverton Museum, Jail and Mining Heritage Center and uncover many artifacts of San Juan County's past. Still craving more? Visit the Mayflower Mill, Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour, be deputized by the Silverton Gunfighters, or take a listen to the Silverton Brass Band; all offered May to October.

Heading out of town towards the 4-wheel drive Alpine Loop will take you on an excursion connecting Silverton, Lake City and Ouray through ghost towns and old mining claims. Animas Forks, one of the best preserved ghost towns in the state of Colorado, is only 12 miles from Silverton. The fun doesn't have to stop here, with easy access to hiking and mountain biking trails in the Uncompahgre and Weminuche Wilderness areas you have access to an abundance of alpine lakes, waterfalls, and fields of wildflowers. 
When the snow flies, Silverton turns into a winter wonderland boasting of great snowmobiling, snow shoeing, groomed tracks for cross country and skate skiing, groomed and lift-accessed backcountry skiing, and amazing landscapes! 
Try out our inexpensive in-town ski area at Kendall Mountain with a double chairlift accessing three beginner trails and one intermediate trail. On top of skiing, you may enjoy sledding, tubing and ice-skating at Kendall Mountain. Throughout the year this space is available to rent for your special occasion!  

For a more information on our year-round recreation log on towww.silvertoncolorado.com or call 1-800-752-4494.

Old Hundred Guided Mine Tour
Easy walking • No climbing • Well Lighted • State Inspected
Chosen "Colorado's Best Mine Tour!

Old Hundred Mine Tour

Although the mines of the San Juan's are now silent, take a step back in time and experience what it must have been like to be a miner in the San Juan's many years ago. The underground world of hard rock mining is rarely seen by outsiders.

Go "on shift" and see the earth from inside out. This one hour guided tour via tram and easy walking takes you a 1/3 of a mile into Galena Mountain at 10,000 feet above sea level, where you will follow the vein and learn how hard rock mining was done. Your experienced "miner guide" will demonstrate authentic mining equipment used back in mining's heyday!

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on your journey to the Old Hundred Mine and after your tour try your luck panning for gold (FREE!) at the mine's sluice box.

FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

Shuttle + Old Hundred Mine Tour Ticket:

 

The history of the Old Hundred Gold Mine begins in the spring of 1872 when the first of the three Neigold brothers arrived from Germany and staked their claim on the "Number Seven" vein. Reinhard, Gustave, and Otto Neigold spent the next 30 years prospecting and developing the veins on Galena Mountain. They even had their own town called Neigoldstown along the busy Stony Pass trail that led into Silverton. Educated and sophisticated, the Neigolds entertained the frontier mining camp with music, song, operas, and plays during the long winter months.

Gradually a large block of claims was assembled on the rugged side of Galena Mountain containing several good veins. One of the claims located in 1898 was named the "Old Hundred" probably after the popular German hymn, "Old Hundreth." By then the brothers had formed the Midland Mining Company which had plans to drive a long tunnel at the base of Galena Mountain to tap the rich veins deep inside the mountain. Work was done on several levels and good gold ore was found in the highest vein, the Number Seven, at an elevation of 12,750 feet above sea level. But the Neigolds did not have the large sums of money needed to develop the mine and put the property up for sale.

In 1904 the Midland Mining properties were sold to a new company, the Old Hundred Mining Company organized in Maine. The Neigolds now retired from the scene and left Silverton hoping to enjoy their old age on the annual payments due them by the purchasers. The company raised over one million dollars and drove a new No.7 level tunnel at 12,000 feet elevation, still over 2,000 feet above the creek below. The #7 level and two lower levels were connected to the narrow gauge railroad at creek level by an aerial tram, much like a ski lift today. At the mine a large boardinghouse was built on the side of the cliff for the men to live in. (See "Cliff Dweller's Boardinghouse"). At the bottom massive concrete foundations were poured to build a large stamp mill where the ores were crushed and the gold and other valuable metals separated.

By 1906 gold bars were being shipped to the Denver Mint. The future looked bright and a new "Mill Level" tunnel was started just above the mill, directly into the base of the mountain. But by 1908 the good gold was "mined out" and the financial panic of 1907 dried up sources of new capital for the uncompleted tunnel. The Old Hundred Mining Company never made a profit on the ore it mined, and later defaulted on its debt to the Neigolds who got the now abandoned property back. Broke and broken hearted the brothers tried to sell the mine but no one wanted a money losing mine. Eventually it was lost to back taxes and by 1927 the last of the Neigold brothers passed away and their dreams for Galena Mountain seemed gone forever.

During the 1930's new owners worked the mine sporadically but still unprofitably. However, large tonnages of low grade ore seemed likely to exist in the mountain, and more efficient and cheaper milling methods could hold the answer. What was needed was even more money to finish the long Mill Level Tunnel and a larger modern mill. In 1967 the Dixilyn Corporation, a Texas oil company took a lease on the property. With adequate financing and modern equipment they drove the Mill Level tunnel 5,000 feet into the mountain, an achievement long dreamed about by the Neigolds.

By 1973 after spending over $6,000,000 and driving over 5 miles of tunnel the disappointing facts could no longer be ignored. The "rich veins" dreamed about by the Neigolds were nothing but a dream. What little ore was found was unprofitable despite better milling and higher gold prices. The mine buildings were torn down, equipment sold, and the mine returned once more to the owners who had bought it in 1934. Nothing was left except for the long abandoned boardinghouse high on the mountainside and miles of empty tunnels.

Old Mine Tour Boarding House Photo Old Mine Tour Boarding House Photo Old Mine Tour Boarding House Photo
The Old Hundred Boarding House A COLORADO HISTORIC LANDMARK (Courtesy Chase Collection) The Cliff Dweller's boarding House The Cliff Dweller's Boarding House as seen from the mine tour today.

2,000 feet above the mine you can see the original 1904 miner's bunkhouse perched on the rocky cliffs of Galena Mountain. Once forty men and a cook lived in the three story structure, cabled to the rock wall so it wouldn't fall off! Nearby is the original #7 level tunnel where over 15,000 ounces of gold were produced from 1904- 1908. To get to the bunkhouse men rode a steep aerial tramline, riding buckets up, while the ore came down to the mill for processing. Men lived at the boardinghouse for weeks on end, except for payday when they rode the tram and the narrow gage train to Silverton for "a hot time in the old town"!

By 1999 the old boardinghouse was about to disintegrate. Two-thirds of the roof was caved in due to years of heavy snow and neglect. But thanks to the co-operative efforts of the Old Hundred Gold Mining Company, the San Juan County Historical Society, the State Historical Society of Colorado, the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology, the BLM, and some really gutsy carpenters (and helicopter pilot), the building will last many years to come. The unique boardinghouse and adjacent tramhouse are now an official State Historic Landmark.

Learn more about the Old Hundred mine in the new book "Ghosts and Gold - The History of the Old Hundred Mine" by historian and geologist Scott Fetchenhier, available from The Miner's Commissary Gift Shop.