About Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum is one of the crown jewels of Southwest Colorado. The historic train makes regular trips from Durango to the nearby mining town of Silverton to allow locals and tourists alike to enjoy the mountain landscape, as well as the colorful history of the area. We spoke with Al Harper, the railroad owner and an avid local historian, about the charms of the railroad and its accompanying museum.
Take in Local History at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
Of the railroad’s stunning museum across the street, Harper shares, “We have about 10,000 square feet of museum. And it's not just about railroading, it's the historical impact of the railroading. We have steam engines, rail cars, airplanes, fire trucks, antique cars, model railroads, and mounted animals representing every kind of wildlife in Colorado.”
Why You Should Take a Ride On the Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Narrow Gauge Railroad is the perfect way to experience the Old West right in Durango, says Harper: “When you ride the train from Durango to Silverton, you're sitting there in awe. God makes man very humble when you see what God created versus what Man creates, but to be on an engineering wonder of the world on this railroad built through the mountains and riding in comfort with snacks and food and great company...you wonder, how did the original settlers ever make it on foot through this wilderness? It is so foreboding and so wild and wondrous. And that’s the West.”