坐上科罗拉多窄轨火车游山玩水 Scenic Train Ride to Silverton
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侄子喜欢坐火车，我钟爱游山玩水，体贴的老公建议利用长周末去科罗拉多坐一趟窄轨旅游火车，贯穿San Juan国家森林。事先在网上预订了火车票和旅馆。5月20日一大早，从犹他州盐湖城出发向东南方向，经高速I-15S, US-6E, US-191S and US-491S，大约400英里（640公里）7个小时自驾到达科罗拉多州重镇Durango。我们还顺路去了印第安人岩居遗址Mesa Verde，另有游记 http://www.mafengwo.cn/i/5541222.html。如果不愿意自驾，也有从盐湖城飞Durango的航班，大约1个小时航程。
Nephew likes train ride and I love beautiful landscape, so Silverton scenic train ride trip was proposed by my sweetheart. Train tickets and hotel near to Durango train station were booked online one week before. On May 20th early morning, we started from Salt Lake City, drove about 400 miles via I-15S, US-6E, US-191S and US-491S and arrived at Durango at night.
Of course we did not let go the famous Mesa Verde National Park on our way. The photo blog see http://www.mafengwo.cn/i/5541222.html.
The next morning, we got to rail way station a little early. The station is not huge but very well organized and quite clean. Staff and visitors were nodding and greeting no matter they know you or not. You can feel the cozy and friendly atmosphere of a nice old small town.
The train ride between Durango and Silverton is about 45 miles and going through San Juan National Forest. It takes the train 3.5 hour for one way , which usually takes a car about 1 hour. The train is 150 years old and is burning coal as power source. So the soot can be an issue for passengers' eyes. Wearing glasses are highly recommended and in case soot dropped in eyes, the conductors can help to rinse it out.
There are about 8 carts. Some are closed and some are open. We bought tickets for open carts, the very left one of the above photo, since no window glass is ideal for taking photos. It turned out the decision was so right. It was a sunny day and we did not feel cold until reaching Silverton. Some passengers from close carts stayed almost the whole ride in our cart in order to take good photos. The funny part is that the open carts were originally designed and built to shipping cows and horses
The top cool scene of the station was this marshal with two short guns. Hollywood star
The benefit of a slow train was that you could take time to take photos of all beautiful landscapes and folks in the scene...
The photo above was the bright we run over. The two below were historical ones.
Coal train need add water in the middle of the ride.
The carts below should be antique.
水力发电站 Power station
高尔夫球场。 Gulf course
A few passengers got off here and started their hiking, and maybe camping too.
Old silver mine.