Durango & Silverton hit by washout

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Durango & Silverton hit by washout

Unread postby SW » Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:32 pm

From Trains Magazine Newswire:
https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2020/06/22-washout-cuts-durango--silverton-access-to-silverton-for-eight-to-16-weeks

A washout has cut the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s access to Silverton for eight to 16 weeks, the Durango Herald reports. A log jam on the railroad’s bridge at Elk Creek, about five miles from Silverton, forced the creek to overflow and washed out more than 40 feet of the railroad’s track. The railroad hopes to begin removing debris this week, but the repair process will be a long one, John Harper, general manager of the railroad’s parent company, American Heritage Railways, told the newspaper. The washout will not affect the shorter trips between Rockwood and Cascade that are set to begin Tuesday [see "Durango & Silverton to reopen with shorter trips, steam-diesel combinations," News Wire Digest, June 17, 2020], but could delay hoped-for full-length trips or excursions from Silverton to Elk Creek or Needleton.
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