RailPictures.Net Photo: DRGW 473 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Steam 2-8-2 at Silverton, Colorado by Kevin Madore
 
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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
Snowshed Slide (MP 492.5) (more..)
Silverton, Colorado, USA (more..)
October 06, 2016
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DRGW 473 (more..)
Mixed Extra 473 (more..)
Kevin Madore (more..)
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"And by the time you get your hide past the Snowshed Slide.... You've had a ride on the Silverton, The Silverton Train." Those words penned over 4 decades ago by William Dale Fries, Jr. (aka C.W. McCall) refer to this place right here. Just about 4 miles south of its ultimate destination in Silverton, Colorado, the train which is the town's namesake works north in a gusty breeze past the location of the famous Snowshed Slide. Rock and mud slides have historically been a big problem on the old D&RGW Silverton Branch. The steep walls of the Animas Canyon, when combined with melting winter snows have often closed the line, sometimes for extended periods. Many of the bigger slides over the years received their own names, such as this one here. Issues with slides are one good reason why they never ran rotary plows on this line. Even the present-day Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to face down the problem and always has contingency plans for evacuating stranded passengers and moving tons of rock to re-open the line.
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