Most of our videos are scenes of the steam trains in action from off the train. This is one of those videos that allows you to see the train as it passes and in some of the scenery the average person would see riding the train from that perspective. As such this is a nice companion video to "Steam to Silverton" since we are not on the train but watching it from the outside.
There are two trains per day from Durango, and we enjoy scenes leaving Durango, and from a mountain perch overlooking Durango and the river with a great perspective. The train travels for several miles on level track before climbing Hermosa Hill between Hermosa Tank and Rockwood. We see several scenes in this region including Hermosa, Highway 250, plus others. In addition we have a neat scene at Beaver Creek Canyon, sometimes called the "Little High Line"(See cover shot). We also drove to Silverton one day, and got both trains in the area, including one along the river, and another passing the old depot. There are also some scenes backing and on the wye where engines are serviced and turned for the return trip. On the return trips we have scenes at Rockwood through the cut, plus others between Rockwood and Durango in the glorious afternoon lighting. The weather was perfect with clear blue sky for all these scenes on the railroad. If all that wasn't enough we have also included a segment riding the train where we show a few scenes along the Animas River above Tacoma, then at High Bridge, and along the High Line in the late afternoon showing the cliffs and Animas River Gorge below. Hard working steam action awaits in this show. 77 Minutes.