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Cinders & Smoke: A Mile by Mile Guide for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Paperback – June 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Western Guideways; 7th edition (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931788951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931788956
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is now a newer version of this book which I also purchased.
Gordon H. Ripley
Cinders and Smoke by Doris B. Osterwald describes the important sights along the Durango & Silverton Railroad.
Robert Wilhelm
Next, you'll find a table of contents listing all of the book's information.
kwillspen

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gordon H. Ripley on October 16, 2010
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I purchased "Cinders' and Smoke" for an impending photography trip to SW Colorado. I specifically wanted to get pictures of the trains amid the aspens. I found the book extremely helpful in knowing where we were as we traveled up to Silverton. I hope to someday hike part of the trip with my camera and take pictures along the way. The details in this book are sufficient to make such a trip possible. There is now a newer version of this book which I also purchased. The route details are much less shown and described but the color photographs make it more of a "picture" book. Both books are really good. when talking with the workers employed by the owners of the train I was repeatedly told that they preferred the "Cinders and Smoke" book over the newer version. I think it depends on what you are looking for. I would personally recommend either one but really liked the detail in this book because of the maps that showed the route the whole way. The new version has very limited maps. If you like trains and especially an exciting ride then this book is for you. Just a suggestion, the trip is a long one and I would recommend perhaps taking the train up to Silverton and returning by bus. We were totally exhausted upon our return by train. Finally, buy some clear glasses at the station for $3 before boarding the train. the Cinders and Smoke can really irritate the eyes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wilhelm on December 28, 2013
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Cinders and Smoke by Doris B. Osterwald describes the important sights along the Durango & Silverton Railroad. Excellent color pictures of Durango & Silverton trains and beautiful mountain scenery. The book has an index as well as contents page. Excellent book.

Robert Wilhelm
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kwillspen on May 20, 2013
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CInders and Smoke is a great book full of the information a railbuff expects about a line. It has a general history of the line, detailed maps with interesting side notes, and even has the types of soil and rock labeled! The book is also short, and compact. In this book you will find information on the following:

History of the line
Detailed, mile by mile guide of the route
Captions and information about smaller towns, water stops, and famous landmarks.
Types of vegetation and soil present at different elevations.
Maps of both Silverton and Durango as well as every inch of mainline in between
Overview of railroad operations including: maintenance, snow removal, repair, and wreck clean-up

When opening the book, you will first see on the back of the cover a list of basic whistle signals used on the Silverton branch. Next, you'll find a table of contents listing all of the book's information. Looking through the book, the photos have great detail and are nothing short of spectacular. The book is 160 pages long and font size is large enough to read, to the point, and explains events and information well. Towards the back of the book, there is an index/reference page, and an equipment roster of both locomotives and railroad cars that were in use as of 1995.

long story short, if you want to model the Durango, or read about the line before visiting it in person, this book is for you.
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