Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad | KUNC

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango & Silverton
Joe Ross / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has debuted its first locomotive that runs on oil, a more environmentally friendly fuel source that holds less fire risk than a traditional coal-burning engine.

For the past two years, the D&SNG's crews have worked to convert the No. 493, an early 1900s coal-burning locomotive, to be able to run off oil. It's the first of what's expected to be several conversions from coal-fired to oil-burning engines, as the city's top tourist attraction braces itself for the future.

Durango & Silverton
Joe Ross / CC BY-SA 2.0

Hotels and a tourist railroad in southwest Colorado are reporting stronger numbers this season after a wildfire slowed tourism and spending last summer.

The Durango Herald reported Sunday that ridership on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is so far even with 2017 numbers.

Durango & Silverton
Joe Ross / CC BY-SA 2.0

A company that operates a historic railroad that carries tourists through southwestern Colorado's mountains and forests was accused Tuesday in a lawsuit of causing one of the largest wildfires in state history.

Kyle Miller / Wyoming Interagency Hotshots

More than a half dozen Colorado residents and businesses have filed a lawsuit against a train, accusing it of starting a wildfire that scorched about 85 square miles of mostly federal land.