After my long drive from Lake City via Wolf Creek Pass, I spent my first full day in Silverton just relaxing around town. Silverton has 2 main streets—one is paved and the other is dirt to provide a more realistic 1800’s mining town feel.
The town has some great buildings that look really authentic (rather than newer construction that just “appears” to look old)---
Earlier in the morning, I had driven up the side of one of the tall mountains overlooking the town to take some pictures of the famous narrow-gauge steam railroad train that carries tourists from Durango to Silverton each day.
I waited and waited, but never saw the train. Hmm, that’s strange—aren’t trains always on-time? I checked the train’s website again to confirm the times and thought maybe they didn’t do as many daily runs as they advertised, so I continued to wait on the hill for the next scheduled train…..but still nothing! Finally, after 2 hours of waiting, I left thinking the trains just must not run on Thursdays.
A few days later when I was reading thru the local paper, I discovered that a large mudslide had occurred the day before I arrived and that all trains were blocked from reaching Silverton for a few days until they could clean it up. Ah, so that explains it!
My train photos would need to wait a few more days except for this 1 train “stuck” in Silverton that served as a nice backdrop to the nightly gunfight!