In this view from the slopes of nearby Smelter Mountain, the entirety of the Durango & Silverton's Durango facilities as well as most of downtown can be seen, as well as a glimpse of the Animas River at lower left.
Prominent in the lower foreground is the D&S roundhouse and turntable.surrounded by the balloon track that is used to turn the trains each evening. The first of three daily trains has arrived from Silverton and is unloading at the depot (white with brown roof) which dates back to the arrival of the railroad in town back in 1881.
Smelter Mountain is named for the industries that were located at its base back in the day....the main reason for Durango's economic existence. Today of course they are long gone. While the balloon track marks today's end of the line, originally the track extended off to the right, eventually reaching Chama, Antonito and Alamosa where one could change to standard gauge trains for Pueblo and Denver.
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