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Aug 7, 2011 11:30 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Durango, Silverton railroad to resume service

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad planned to resume service Sunday after crews finished clearing a rockslide that blocked the track.

Heavy rain from a storm Tuesday flooded the tracks, causing a mud and rock slide that forced more than 500 passengers to return to Durango. About 300 feet of the track was buried in 30 feet of debris. The Durango Herald reports that crews cleared the tracks Saturday afternoon.

Railroad manager Paul Schranck said there was damage to some rails and ties but that the track has been repaired.

Two of the trains had been stuck in Silverton, unable to return to Durango since the rockslide. Crew will continue work clearing ebris around the slide area.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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