Heading Around the Bend

Durango & Silverton Railroad, Colorado

One of the things that I have discovered over my years of travel is how much I love riding in trains. It all started when we visited Vancouver, Canada, for a vacation in the nineties. We had a day to kill, and I saw a magazine ad for a half-day train ride up and back along the British Columbia coast. We liked it so much that we ended up returning a couple of years later to Vancouver to take the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff, Alberta. Now it is pretty routine wherever we go to see if there is a scenic train to take.

We found a great all-day train ride that runs from Durango to Silverton, Colorado, and back through the San Juan Mountains, parallel to the Million Dollar Highway. We have done it twice, and will do it again the next time we are in Durango. I took this shot the last time I was there. It was really freezing out but, being a true photographer that will endure just about anything to get the shot, I stayed in the open air car most of the way.