DURANGO - The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad announced it is launching three daily diesel locomotive excursions to multiple locations, starting Fri., June 22 and continuing through Tues., July 3.
In a news release, the Durango Train said it planned to resume its traditional summer season steam train passenger service to Silverton on Wed., July 4, with multiple daily excursions and select riding and adventure packages available for guests, provided favorable weather, drought and fire conditions.
The railroad finalized plans to roll out alternative diesel passenger service following extensive consultations with applicable government agencies, community stakeholders, and business and marketing partners regarding current fire, drought and weather conditions, a news release said.
You can find diesel locomotive fares and schedule information here http://bit.ly/2K9SEcy
All train operations were suspended on June 2 due to the 416 Fire which is burning 13 miles north of Durango.
The cause of the fire, which started June 1 is still under investigation. So far it has burned 34,184 acres and is 37 percent contained.
Earlier this week, all mandatory evacuation orders due to the fire were lifted but residents were warned to be ready to leave again if necessary. Friday is expected to be the hottest and driest day of the week, and a Red Flag Warning has been issued. Saturday and Sunday are both predicted to be critical fire weather days, according to the 416 Fire Facebook page.