Scenic Colorado railroad plans to resume full service
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A scenic railroad that runs through the southwestern Colorado mountains is planning to resume coal-fired steam engine service after shutting down last month because of fire restrictions.
The Durango Herald reports the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad aims to start full service Thursday after it suspended operations June 1 for a fire in the San Juan National Forest.
La Plata County commissioners are expected to consider Wednesday downgrading fire restrictions that banned coal-fired steam engines.
General manager John Harper says the tourist attraction will work with local agencies to make sure it’s safe to run the coal-fired engines.
Harper says 150 employees were furloughed because of the closure, which he estimated caused an economic loss of about $33 million to the area.
Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com