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Dennis Reidenbach
Regional Director




2008 National National Historic Landmark Winner

Photo of Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge by Sayre Hutchison

Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad
Durango, Colorado

Photographer: Sayre Hutchison

As the steam rises, the train’s engineer signals the conductor as the train moves above the Animas River. Completed in 1882, the Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad was built to haul ores from isolated areas to smelters. It was the main source of transportation for the mining community of Silverton, 45 miles from Durango, and remains one of the few passenger railroads of its kind still in operation in the U.S.

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