Durango, Colorado

I went to Durango, CO to ride the annual Fall Photographers Special on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, often abbreviated as the D&SNG, is a 3 ft narrow-gauge heritage railroad that operates 45.2 miles of track between Durango and Silverton, in Southwest Colorado.  This picture was taken during the evening tour of their rail yard and workshops.

Picture Number: CM1_0196

Date: September 2015

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 800     Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec

F-Stop: f/5.6     Lens: 66 mm

While in Durango I went on an excursion up the Animas Valley – along the Animus River.  At Animas Forks we came across this set of abandoned mine buildings.  Animas Forks is a ghost town located twelve miles northeast of Silverton in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. The area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. At over 11,000 feet, Animas Forks is one of the highest mining camps in the Western US.

Picture Number: CM1_0101

Date: September 2015

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 110     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/8     Lens: 80 mm

This picture shows the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&RG) train on its return trip to Durango from Silverton.  Durango, CO was organized in September 1880 to serve the San Juan mining district. The  D&RG chose the site on the Animus River for its depot following a brief and most likely perfunctory negotiation with Animas City, two miles to the north. The city was named by ex-Colorado Governor Alexander C.Hunt after Durango, Mexico, based on his favorable impression of that city resulting from a scouting trip undertaken on behalf of William J. Palmer, the head of the D&RG.  This picture shows the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train on its return trip to Durango from Silverton.

Picture Number: CM1_4880

Date: September 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 400     Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec

F-Stop: f/10     Lens: 60 mm

I went to Durango, CO to ride the annual Fall Photographers Special on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, often abbreviated as the D&SNG, is a 3 ft narrow-gauge heritage railroad that operates 45.2 miles of track between Durango and Silverton, in Southwest Colorado.  This picture was taken during the evening tour of their rail yard and workshops.

Picture Number: CM1_0207

Date: September 2015

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 800     Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec

F-Stop: f/5.6     Lens: 66 mm

During our return trip to Durango aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, we had to pull on to a siding at Colorado Trail,  to wait for another train, going in the opposite direction, who had the right-of-way.  This photograph is of the other train coming uphill towards us.

Picture Number: CM1_0355

Date: September 2015

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec

F-Stop: f/5.6     Lens: 140 mm

This picture shows the engine traversing “Horse Shoe Curve” on its way to Durango. Durango, Colorado was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and the train began hauling both freight and passengers. The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from Southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious. This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. 

Picture Number: CM1_0645

Date: September 2015

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec

F-Stop: f/6.36     Lens: 35 mm

This picture shows the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, often abbreviated as the D&SNG as it travels to Silverton, CO.  Founded in an ancient caldera, Silverton, CO is called home by roughly 600 year-round inhabitants. The only township in San Juan County at an elevation of 9,318 feet, this town has roots in mining at the turn of the 20th century, when the mountains were renown for high mineral content and Blair Street was known for its shady ladies.

Picture Number: CM1_4780

Date: September 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 40     Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec

F-Stop: f/5.6     Lens: 140 mm

Durango, Colorado was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and the train began hauling both freight and passengers. The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from Southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious. This historic train (now called the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, often abbreviated as the D&SNG) has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line.  This picture shows the engine blowing out its steam while traversing “Horse Shoe Curve.”.  This cleans the scale, rust, etc. from the piping.

Picture Number: CM1_0659

Date: September 2015

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec

F-Stop: f/6.3     Lens: 80 mm

This picture (and #4839) shows the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&RG) train on its return trip to Durango from Silverton beside the Animas River.  Durango, CO was organized in September 1880 to serve the San Juan mining district. The  D&RG chose the site on the Animus River for its depot following a brief and most likely perfunctory negotiation with Animas City, two miles to the north. The city was named by ex-Colorado Governor Alexander C.Hunt after Durango, Mexico, based on his favorable impression of that city resulting from a scouting trip undertaken on behalf of William J. Palmer, the head of the D&RG.  This picture shows the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train on its return trip to Durango from Silverton.

Picture Number: CM1_4835

Date: September 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 220     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/10     Lens: 62 mm

This picture (and #4835) shows the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&RG) train on its return trip to Durango from Silverton beside the Animas River. Durango, Colorado was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and the train began hauling both freight and passengers. The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from Southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious. This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. 

Picture Number: CM1_4839

Date: September 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec

F-Stop: f/11     Lens: 72 mm

This picture (and #4762) shows the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&RG) train on its to Silverton from Durango.  Silverton, CO is a former silver mining camp, most of which is now included in a federally designated National Historic Landmark District, the Silverton Historic District. Founded in an ancient caldera, Silverton is called home by roughly 600 year-round inhabitants. The only township in San Juan County at an elevation of 9,318 feet, this town has roots in mining at the turn of the 20th century, when the mountains were renown for high mineral content and Blair Street was known for its shady ladies. Now the mines are summer tourist attractions, the brothels are hotels, and the mountains are famous for massive amounts of snow. Locals here still know how to make last call and still get first chair no matter how cold it is when they wake up.

Picture Number: CM1_4761

Date: September 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/5.6     Lens: 55 mm

This picture (and #4761) shows the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&RG) train on its way to Silverton from Durango.  Silverton, CO is a former silver mining camp, most of which is now included in a federally designated National Historic Landmark District, the Silverton Historic District. Founded in an ancient caldera, Silverton is called home by roughly 600 year-round inhabitants. The only township in San Juan County at an elevation of 9,318 feet, this town has roots in mining at the turn of the 20th century, when the mountains were renown for high mineral content and Blair Street was known for its shady ladies. Now the mines are summer tourist attractions, the brothels are hotels, and the mountains are famous for massive amounts of snow. Locals here still know how to make last call and still get first chair no matter how cold it is when they wake up.

Picture Number: CM1_4762

Date: September 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/5.6     Lens: 55 mm

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