While on our 2019 Road Trip we stopped in Durango to visit the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. Many ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but it was an all-day commitment and we didn’t have the time on this trip.
The Museum is free and is open 10-4 Mon-Sat during the winter season and 7-7 daily during peak season (Check the website before you visit). The Museum is located at 479 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301.
The 12,000 square foot museum was created in 1998 in what was once the roundhouse. It includes railway memorabilia, such as the two locomotives above. As they say on their website:
The Durango & Silverton Railroad is proud to share the fascinated history of railroading, transportation, and mining with people from around the world.
The Museum contains a large and detailed working model train display.
The Museum also has many other items on display. They claim to be frequently updating the exhibits.
Outside there is some rolling stock that the Museum maintains. These are in addition to those used in the train that travels between Durango and Silverson.
There is also an enclosed shop for restoration and maintenance.
We enjoyed the time we spent at the Museum and will probably visit it again the next time we are in Durango. If you have an interest in trains, particularly of the steam variety, then you will enjoy a stop at the Museum.
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