Silverton is an old mining town which now caters to tourists, primarily those who come for the day on the train. We saw several stores open when the train pulled in and close 2 hours later as we boarded for the return trip.
There are still reminders from the olden days all over town.
We had lunch at a terrific barbeque place. Best pulled pork sandwich I've ever had.
Due to my love of rusty stuff, I couldn't decide which one of these was cuter.
Soon it was time for the photo op shot. This is for JoAnna, who wanted more than butt shots of her uncle.
Time to board our car, the Knight Sky.
And we slowly pull out of town. Wonder how the train got turned around? There is a "Y" track on the edge of town.
The train stops twice on the way up and once on the way down for water. The steam engine uses 10,000 gallons for the round trip.
Another look at the "gold" rocks.
The best view from the train is on the river side. But the train crosses the river several times, and you are allowed to wander from side to side.
The train gets awfully close to the edge at times.
Don't look down!
This little cart follows along behind the train. We were told that it is to pick up any cameras that you drop. But I think it is to make sure the track hasn't fallen off the cliff.
The return trip was a lot more relaxing than the trip up. Made me happy I paid for the comfy seats.