Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Winter Photo Special

The D&SNG will again offer an extraordinary opportunity to the passengers on the Winter Photo Train! Passengers will detrain in the wilderness to capture the beauty of an authentic steam train traveling along the Animas Canyon in the winter!

Set against a backdrop of rocky cliffs, the Animas River far below, and snow depths not seen in the past 15 years in southwestern Colorado, K-28 #478 blows down as she slowly makes her way north around the famous horseshoe curve on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad High Line. Photo by Chris Kilroy. 2/10/08.

Set against a backdrop of rocky cliffs, the Animas River far below, and snow depths not seen in the past 15 years in southwestern Colorado, K-28 #478 blows down as she slowly makes her way north around the famous horseshoe curve on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad High Line. Photo by Chris Kilroy.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will operate a special winter photo train on Feb. 15, 2015. Passengers will have the chance to detrain in Animas Canyon to photograph the train in locations accessible only by rail. There will also be a night photo session in Durango limited to 20 participants and available photo train passengers.

The D&SNG will again be offering an extraordinary opportunity to the passengers on the Winter Photo Train! Passengers will detrain in the wilderness to capture the allure of an authentic steam train traveling along the Animas Canyon during the winter!

You’ll have chances to get photographs and videos of scenes few people will ever have an ability to get as the train stops in the remote wilderness so that you can disembark at specially selected stops. The train will back out of view and once instructed by the conductor, with a long whistle it will proceed toward the photo line with smoke and steam hissing and billowing in the cold mountain air! Once passed out of sight, the train then returns to pick up the passengers to bring them to the next photo run-by.

If you’re using multiple lenses, you should bring a wide selection. Our Needle Creek run-by is a distant shot in which a wide angle would not generally be used. However, based on your proximity to the tracks during the run-by, you might be just 10 feet away as the train steams past! Many photographers use an 18-200 or 28-300 zoom lens since that works well at all the stops. Generally an extreme wide angle lens will get more than just train & scenery, you’ll probably get the photo line as well!

If you’ll be joining us on the night shoot, depending on the shots you want, moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto lenses and anything from 70 to 200 should work well.

The railroad is finalizing details for the event, but is adding names to the wait list and will contact individuals as soon as details are finalized. In the previous winter photo trains are commonly pulled by one of the railroad’s ex-Denver & Rio Grande Western K-36 class 2-8-2s and operated between Durango and Cascade Canyon with at least six run-bys.

To be put on the wait list call 888-872-4607. For more information, go to www.durangotrain.com.

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