The Durango & Silverton is one of the few railroads that operate steam year round. While service to Silverton ends in late October because of avalanche danger in the upper part of the Animas Canyon, the railroad still runs a shorter excursion to Cascade Canyon from November to early May. This program looks at steam on the Durango & Silverton during the winter of 2021-2022, with all 3 of the railroad's operable K-36 locomotives featured. Because of persistent fire danger during the summer months, the D&S has been converting its steam locomotive fleet to oil firing for a few years now. With the railroad transitioning away from coal, you'll see oil fired locomotives #480 and #482 alongside coal fired locomotive #481, which is very likely the last operable coal burner on the Durango & Silverton.
Coverage begins on New Year's Eve with locomotive #480 pulling the Cascade Canyon train during a snowstorm. You'll also see a couple of clips of #482 on a surprise flanger run that day, fresh from the shop after being converted to burn oil. Next we'll look at one of the short Polar Express trips later that evening, followed by the first 2 runs to Cascade in the New Year with #480. After #482 was back in service, #480 was taken down for maintenance and for the rest of the winter #481 split time with #482. The next segment focuses on #482 with coverage of 2 trips to Cascade in February. Finally, the program concludes with an in-depth look at #481, which was the star of the 2-day Winter Photographer's Special at end of February. After an extended dry period, the Animas Canyon got some much-needed snow before the photo special and you'll see #481 working hard with a mixed train amidst the majestic snow-capped San Juan Mountains.
Filmed entirely in HD, this program features spectacular winter action on the iconic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. With plenty of new locations, it's an entirely different look at a familiar railroad, set against the backdrop of winter along the Animas River. This program has minimal narration (with the option to turn it on or off) and no distracting music. It's available on standard definition widescreen DVD or High Definition Blu-ray disc.
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Durango & Silverton Winter Along the Animas DVD
chris collins on 2022-05-06 18:17:34.
5 of 5
just watched this today and this was yet another excellent video winter along the animas takes a look at winter operations on the durango & silverton narrow gauge railroad in the winter of 2021 and early 2022 with three of the railroad's k-36 mikado's the program begins on new year's eve of 2021 with engine 480 pulling the cascade canyon winter train and back to durango there's than the appearance of k-36 482 on a flanger run clearing the line for the 480's train afterwords 480 is seen pulling the short polar express trips in the evening than the video jumps into the 2022 season with the 480 operating the first 2 trips to cascade for the new year than 482 would than be pulling the cascade canyon train's while 480 was down for maintenance the last part of the video has k-36 481 as the major star of the video for the railroad's winter photographer's weekend at the end of february and this was a nice focus on 481 as it's the only operating coal burner on the d&s as in recent times the railroad has been converting the steam engines to burn oil due to fire danger in the summer time (this mostly came from the 416 fire) so 481 is likely the last operating coal burner on the railroad so overall this is a great in depth look at the durango & silverton narrow guage railroad in the winter months and features a fantastic look at the last coal burning steam engine on the railroad highly recommended video for anyone who enjoys steam operations in the winter months
Additional remarks by chris collins: Narration:Just enough. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?Definitely.