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14ers.com • View topic - Durango to Silverton Railroad damage
The railroad is used by people who get off 1/2 way, hike into the wilderness to summit several peaks, hike back to the tracks, take the train back out.
"So in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us." -Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)