Colorado tourer train delivers revived hope to businesses

SILVERTON — A Colorado tourer railroad has commenced service, delivery hope to businesses that have been isolated by weather events.

The Durango Herald according that the first Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad engine of 2019 arrived Saturday in Silverton, depositing dozens of tourers in the mountain town.

Business owners in the community 324 miles southwest of Denver have suffered the economic consequences of winter avalanches that closed access on U.S. Route 550 for weeks.

That followed a month and a half of train cancellations caused by the 416 fire, a inferno that burned more than 50,000 estate north of Durango beginning in June 2018. Hundreds of people were evacuated.

The fire caused tens of thousands of train reservation cancellations, with at least one Silverton business owner coverage gross gross sales were down 70 percent.