Rockwood CO is the last accessible location on the Durango and Silverton before the trains head into the Animas River Canyon and out of reach of the highway system. It is also the summit of 2.5% Hermosa Hill. From here the trains tiptoe down a high shelf along the Animas River known as the "High Line" on a shallow dorwngrade before eventually reaching river level and following the Animas for the rest of the way to Silverton.
On this day after Christmas in 2015, the 482 has the Cascade Turn on its drawbar as it comes into Rockwood. The train will go only halfway to Silverton before turning on the Cascade wye in mid-canyon and returning to Durango.
The D&S is one of the few places where steam in the snow is a regular occurrence.
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