Seasons of the Narrow Gauge gloriously explores the four seasons of the historic
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Featuring a brief written history, followed by
a myriad of beautiful color photographs, this book immerses the reader in all that endears
this train to its fans. This handsome compilation showcases what keeps people coming back
to the D&SNGR, and importantly, what makes it all possible.
Most people know the Durango & Silverton narrow-gauge in the summer. But the trains run from May into fall. There are even a few winter excursions. The color photographs in Seasons of the Narrow Gauge show the train and its passengers in their full glory.
While the summer shots are lovely, the winter photographs with the little train steaming along in the snow are more dramatic. There is a spectacular picture of blowing snow in front of the train, snow so thick it obscures the engineer's vision.
The authors include a short history of the railroad along with comments from longtime employees. A 17-year veteran notes, "I like being an engineer. This is where my heart is. I like the machine itself — it's almost like it's human."
Many authors have tried to capsulate more than 120 years of Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad history into something manageable, but few have succeeded like local historians Duane Smith and Beth Green.
The new book comes in under 150 pages but most of the text is finished by the 20th. That’s where the authors put one of the most succinct and reader-friendly synopses of the D&SNGR’s history from its years as a mining lifeline to a global draw for train-loving tourists.
The bulk of the book is a photo album of the many faces of the train. ... It’s a comprehensive and well-thought-out collection that shows even more than it tells, including a slew of photos that illustrate the at-times superhuman efforts of the train’s employees to keep the locomotives running year-round.
The iconic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad lives its life in all four seasons. Authors Duane A. Smith and Elizabeth A. Green illustrate a typical year in the life of the train in their new book, Seasons of the Narrow Gauge. With well-chose images from several contributing photographers, Seasons is a tribute not just to what passengers see flashing outside their window as they travel the iron rails, but what happens behind the scenes as well, in the roundhouse and the machine shop and the carpentry corner.
Colorado Country Life:
Duane A. Smith and Elizabeth A. Green give readers a peek into the railroad’s past and present through written account and captivating photography. Smith and Green take you through the four seasons at the railroad with behind-the-scenes pictures of workers, locals, tourists and the mighty engine itself.
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