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Model railroaders to meet in Durango

The Silver San Juan Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) will hold its fall meeting Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Head Start meeting room at the Durango Northpoint Mall.

Doors open at 9 a.m. The first presentation is at 10. The public is invited.

The highlight of the morning session is “The Silverton Railroad Then and Now,” presented by Don Paulson, curator, Ouray County Historical Society.

This presentation will discuss the route of the railroad including all of the numerous mining spurs using historic photos along with present day photos taken from the exact same location. The Silverton Railroad was built by Otto Mears between the fall of 1887 and the fall of 1888. The line was 22 miles long with grades as high as 5 percent and curves as tight as 30 degrees (194-foot radius). It also featured several engineering marvels including the Corkscrew Gulch turntable.

The all-day meet also features door prizes, the annual photo contest (must be a division subscriber, subscriptions and memberships available at the door), “From the Workbench” (where modelers display and discuss their current projects), favorite train contest, board elections, and ends with layout tours.

Directions to the model railroad layouts that will be open for viewing will be handed out following the meeting.

The Northpoint Mall is just south of the intersection of Camino Del Rio (U.S. 550) and Main Street at the north end of downtown Durango. Parking is in the lot west of the mall and east of D&SNG tracks. Enter lot from either Camino del Rio (turn east onto 12th Street and immediately turn north into lot) or from Main Avenue. just south of the Camino del Rio and Main Street intersection.