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Historic southern Colorado train returns to the tracks, with a change

KOB.com Web Staff
June 26, 2018 10:14 AM

DURANGO, Colo. – The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is returning to the tracks with a new focus on fire safety and prevention.

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The trains will now run on diesel-powered engines that are safer than steam during the fire season as dry drought conditions persist across New Mexico and Colorado.

Steam trains are more likely to release sparks. A huge region of La Plata County in southwest Colorado has been under siege from a fire that has burned nearly 35,000 acres this month.

The cause of that blaze is still under investigation.

The trains and other attractions in the Durango area had been shut down because of the fires, but locals said they won't be stopped anymore.

"The fires are so overrated," said tourist Judy Painter. "Come to Durango—there is so much to do."

There's no word yet on if and when the train will return to utilizing a steam-powered engine this summer.  

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