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Breaking News: Trains run again after slide
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Posted on August 03 2011, 4:08pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Tracks to to Silverton reopened.
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Officials with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad say trains from Durango to Silverton will start running again on Sunday. Aug. 7.
Crews have cleared a huge rock and mud slide from the track about 10 miles south of Silverton.
The slide put a halt to train service to and from Silverton Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2.
And the slide forced the last two southbound trains of the day to back up for miles, returning to Silverton. Then a convoy of eight buses hauled the 503 passengers from the two trains back to Durango.
Railroad officials said the slide buried a 300-foot-long section of tracks 12 to 15 feet deep in mud, rocks and timber.
“It’s a big slide,” said Paul Schranck, general manager for the railroad “There are two separate areas, kind of close to each other, and of course the guys are working on it right now. It’s got rocks, trees, mud — you name it.”

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