Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge

Today, the railroad is probably in the best shape of its life. The equipment is very clean and in excellent condition. Crews and employees are outstanding. You are encouraged to walk around the yard and check out the equipment - few restricted areas are to be found, unlike so many tourist railroads today.

It takes the train 3 1/2 hours to travel the 45 miles from Durango to Silverton, three hour layover, then three hours back to Durango. Or ride the other way. Busses are available to make the return trip in 45 minutes if you don't want to ride both ways.  Three trains a day run from Durango to Silverton and back during the summer, one or two trains per day in the shoulder seasons. Winter operations run to Cascade Wye and back daily. Seasonal photo runs are also scheduled. The railroad still operates with a few flag stops along the way. Hikers, campers, hunters, etc., tell the conductor where they want off, and the train stops for them. Flag it down to get back on. A baggage car is always available for your bike, gear or game.

Railfest is held in late August. Equipment from around the country comes to Durango to strut its stuff. You might see the wood burning Eureka, or ride a Galloping Goose.

Old Denver & Rio Grande K-28, K-36 & K-37 locos. Equipment is clean and in good condition.

Engine type: K-28 K-36 K-37
Engine numbers (note 1): 473, 476,
478
480, 481, 482, 486 493, 498
Builder: Alco Baldwin Baldwin
Year built: 1923 1925 note 2
Wheel Arrangement: 2-8-2 2-8-2 2-8-2
Weight of locomotive (lbs): 156,000 187,100 187,250
Weight of tender - loaded (lbs): 98,500 99,500 99,500
Total weight (lbs): 254,500 286,600 307,250
Weight on drivers (lbs): Note 3 143,850 148,280
Driver diameter (inch): 44 44 44
Cylinder (inch): 18x22 20 x 24 20 x 24
Superheated: Yes Yes Yes
Total heating surface (sq ft): Note 3 2,118 2,159
Steam pressure (psi): Note 3 195 200
Tractive effort (lbs): 27,500 36,200 37,100
Water (gallon): Note 3 5000 6000
Coal (ton): Note 3 9.5 9

(1) 476 out of service, awaiting rebuild, 493, 498 out of service - on display

(2) Built by Baldwin in 1902 as standard gauge 2-8-0's.  In 1928 & 1930 they were rebuilt into narrow gauge 2-8-2's in the D&RGW's Burnham Shops at Denver.

(3) I can't find this data

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