Rain knocks out railroad bridge in Colorado

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Heavy rain has washed out a bridge used by Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Heavy rain has shut down a tourist railroad route in Cortez, Colo.

The series of storms knocked debris into the Animas River and created a logjam, which in turn caused Elk Creek to rise significantly. About 40 ft of track and a railroad bridge used by Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad are now impassable.

A hiker spotted the damage and called railroad officials. The route is expected to be closed for eight to 16 weeks, shutting down a line that runs from Durango to Silverton.

The railroad will be making limited runs from Rockwood to Cascade.

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