On both August 23rd and 24th #18 pulled three cars of happy riders on a round trips to Silverton. On the 23rd about 75 volunteers and supporters of the Carson Colorado were on board, followed by another 80 or so riders on the 24th. The trips were the final scheduled runs of #18 while in Durango, although we will certainly have it out another trip or two before its ultimate return to California in October.
Just a quick note that there are still some tickets available for Saturday August 24th trip to Silverton; this will likely be the last opportunity to ride behind #18 in Colorado. Go to www.durangotrain.com to buy yours!
August 15th was a significant day as #18 made its first trip to Silverton. #18 was the first 4-6-0 locomotive to travel to Silverton since the RGS 20 – as Emma Sweeny – was there in 1949 for the filming of Ticket to Tomahawk. #18 was also the first oil burning locomotive to be in Silverton. It was a day of first for sure!