Train trip begins at 5:30 a.m. Boarding/deboarding train via steps; carrying tripods, cameras, lenses multiple times during the day. There will be approximately 6 stops. Once off the train, there is required walking up to 1/4 mile at each stop; hilly, rocky terrain.
We will have “photographers” boxed breakfasts to go including fruit, protein, beverage. Later on the train there will also be coffee and doughnuts.
We will depart very early from the motel and take a short van ride to board the Durango & Silverton Photographer Special Train that runs only one weekend per year. It’s the same gorgeous route the train follows daily between the two mountain towns, but unlike regular passenger schedules, the Photographer Special Train will allow us to stop at several pre-determined locations along the route. We’ll have an opportunity to photograph the train against autumn colors of the San Juan National Forest as it backs up out of sight and then — with two blasts of the whistle — comes steaming past the line of photographers who will capture iconic images. To maximize photographic opportunities the train does not travel all the way to the town of Silverton, which we will visit tomorrow. Instructors will be with us on all photography field trips.
Aboard the train, we’ll have boxed lunches with choice of sandwich plus chips, dessert, water or soda.
Our afternoon continues aboard the Photographer Special, arriving back in Durango late afternoon.
At a local restaurant, plated table service includes a choice of entrée, side dish, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Review your images, re-charge your camera batteries, and prepare for tomorrow's move to Ouray.