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Wizard46

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Durango Co sights and sounds
« on: August 11, 2017, 02:56:40 PM »
Going to be in Durango next month. wanting to ride the Durango & Silverton RR. When I started to order tickets, there is a choice of cars and seats. I know from previous post that several members have taken this ride. Which is your favorite car and why. I do know I want enclosed. Thinking Alamosa or Knight Sky. Need to get tickets soon.
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PopPop51

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Re: Durango Co sights and sounds
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 03:40:38 PM »
Knight sky was not yet in service when we rode the Durango train.
Since this was to be our first vintage train ride, and because Durango is the nes plus ultra of vintage trains (I know THAT statement will spark a discussion from railfans)  we chose the presidential class in the Cinco Animas and found it worth every penny. Our car's docent, a retired geologist form Alaska, was excellent. She made us realize just how interesting rocks can be. The rear viewing platform was great.
The Knight Sky looks really neat, but it's a long trip and it's nice to be able to close the window when the wind is blowing cinders your way. So I'd choose Alamosa.
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Ken & Sheila

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Re: Durango Co sights and sounds
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2017, 08:13:12 PM »
We also found the Cinco Animas well worth the extra $$.
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clockdrfla

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Re: Durango Co sights and sounds
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 07:05:12 PM »
They offer senior and military discounts but you have to ask for them

blw2

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Re: Durango Co sights and sounds
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 10:33:13 AM »
Durango is an interesting town.  We spent an evening there in June for dinner and touristing, but sadly didn't do the train.  The train museum though was quite good...and free as I recall (donation).  Lots of stuff, not just trains.  Worth planning to do.

I did notice a few MH's in the train parking lot, for train customers only.

we found parking at the bus station a block or two away.  It was free parking after business hours, after 5 PM i think, no RV spaces but there was room when we were there right at 5PM on a weekday.

Otherwise, we found Durango to not be RV friendly at all.  We had been planning to overnight at the walmart, or similar.  Was told no at walmart, and the folks at Home Depot said that just the week prior the city had them sign a statement saying they would no longer allow overnight parking.  It was too late to find an RV park so we went on down to Farmington instead to spend our breakfast money there instead....  Sorry Durango, I wanted to enjoy your town longer and spend more money there..... but you made it clear you didn't want it.

Oh, and while circling town trying to find parking and so on we discover a nice trap for big rigs.... 3rd avenue, which is basically a major thoroughfare that borders between the downtown area and the residential area on the East side is marked no trucks.  Sadly I was up a creek so to speak.  It was one of those roads that T's into 3rd, so no way to go straight, can't turn left or right because of no truck signs.... not enough room to turn around...and can't back up....and and to make matters worse it was on a hill.  I guess the folks that dream up these sign placements get a chuckle about not giving truck drivers warning....
Brad (DW + 3 kids)
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