After a successful inaugural run in 2015, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNG) returns with its “Christmas Tree Train” this year. Those who book this trip on the regular Cascade Canyon steam train from Durango, Colorado, will travel into the San Juan National Forest to cut down a white fir tree for the holiday season.
The “Christmas Tree Train” also has a particular benefit for the forest – the taking of trees widens spaces and reduces the risk of wildfires along that rail corridor. One tree (up to 20 feet tall) can be cut by each family, which will then packed into a boxcar for the return trip. The regular travel time for the Cascade Canyon train is two hours each way.
Tree permits can be bought on-board and hand-saws are provided. Volunteers will assist passengers with the selection and cutting of their holiday tree, which will be taken at the Cascade Wye region of the forest. The following is a promo video for the “Christmas Tree Train”:
Dates for the 2016 holiday tree train are November 26th & 27th, and December 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th. For further information and to book, visit the official site at Durango Holiday Train. The D&SNG Railroad operates between the south-western Colorado towns of Durango and Silverton, using a narrow gauge (3 ft.) that first opened in 1882. The total length of the line runs just over 45 miles.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)