The Historic Durango Train's Blog Series Conserving a National Treasure

Work on the Locomotive 493 conversion from coal-burning to oil-burning continues. Here’s the latest on this process.

All wheels have now been re-profiled. The one nearest the camera has a new axle; the others still need the journals turned and liners faced.

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The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a 137 year old historical treasure, a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experiential adventure for thousands of passengers each year.  It provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience, in a very visceral way, one of the last surviving narrow gauge trains and simultaneously connect with the wild and unspoiled beauty of nature while riding through the pristine wilderness of the San Juan National Forest.  And because of this, has been the conduit for many unforgettable moments of joy.

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