Sunday, August 04, 2019

Trains and Churches

Silverton is not known just for it's flowers or the road you drive to get there, but for it's train, the Durango and Silverton Railroad.  This tourist train has been drawing visitors to Durango for years.  Each summer day, one or more trains depart Durango for Silverton, arriving about noon.  Passengers  head to the restaurants and souvenir shops in town.  Although those shops are open several hours a day, it is the hours from noon to about 1:30 or 2 when they do most of their business.  The train passengers are the main  reason the town is still alive.

We saw the train coming around the corner about the time we completed our shopping.

The large coal-burning engine came to a stop right in front of us.

As was true of most mining towns, Silverton had both saloons and restaurants, but also lots of churches.  There are several attractive church buildings within sight of each other.

We have ridden the Durango and Silverton train many times over the years, bringing our 2 boys on the trip at least twice. Once John's parents rode with us. It was good to visit the town of Silverton and see the train this time.

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