The first thing Durango and Silverton trains encounter upon leaving the Durango depot is the crossing of busy four-lane College Avenue. Given the volume of traffic on the highway and the frequency of back-and-forth switching maneuvers involved in making up each day's passenger consists, the railroad has elected to employ an old-fashioned crossing guard in lieu of the more conventional flashers and gates. This permits better traffic flow as the guard can employ his/her judgement on when the road actually needs to be blocked.
It's obviously cold duty in the winter, particularly so on this chilly December evening as K36 gets underway for the North Pole with the Polar Express
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