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 Post subject: Re: Fire in Colorado D&S RR affected
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:03 pm 

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In a June 30, 2018 column, Tim Walsworth, the executive director of the Durango Business Improvement District, calculates what the D&SNG means to the local economy. An excerpt:
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Doing the math, this produces a conservative total spend of nearly $32 million. Furthermore, the sales tax on this conservative total spend figure is just under $830,000. That sales tax pays for police, roads and other city services we all need.

When looking at economic impact, typically, you would add to the figure above the jobs created by the railroad, as their employees buy goods from local businesses. You would also add the impact of the railroad buying services and goods it needs from local businesses, which creates more jobs. In turn, those employees spend money on their own needs.

You would also add the charitable donations by the railroad, which is about $350,000 annually. The $32 million is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the railroad’s impact to our local economy. I have seen studies that show a total economic impact from the railroad of nearly $200 million.
Link to full article - Add it up: Durango train crucial to city


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 Post subject: Re: Fire in Colorado D&S RR affected
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:57 am 

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Some news from the Durango Herald:
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A vandal targeting the home of Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, hit the wrong house last week, writing graffiti on a neighbor’s house and damaging outdoor furniture.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect or suspects in the incident that occurred late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chris Burke said someone wrote graffiti in black marker “F– (expletive) the Train” on Harper’s neighbor’s house. The suspect or suspects also knocked over the patio table, chairs and plants outside the home.
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Burke said it’s speculation but “makes sense” that the attempted vandalism on Harper’s house is related to suspicions that the D&SNG started the 416 Fire, which broke out June 1 next to the railroad’s tracks north of Durango.
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Vandals target owner of Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but hit wrong house - Sheriff’s Office says 416 Fire a likely motivation


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 Post subject: Re: Fire in Colorado D&S RR affected
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:12 pm 

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Seriously, is ANYONE surprised by this? I certainly am not nor would I expect anything less from the entitled local brats who think this sort of behavior is justified.

I wonder if they'd reconsider this act if they took the time to recognize the railroad is directly responsible for supplying patrons to their vape shop?

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Some news from the Durango Herald:
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A vandal targeting the home of Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, hit the wrong house last week, writing graffiti on a neighbor’s house and damaging outdoor furniture.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect or suspects in the incident that occurred late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chris Burke said someone wrote graffiti in black marker “F– (expletive) the Train” on Harper’s neighbor’s house. The suspect or suspects also knocked over the patio table, chairs and plants outside the home.
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Burke said it’s speculation but “makes sense” that the attempted vandalism on Harper’s house is related to suspicions that the D&SNG started the 416 Fire, which broke out June 1 next to the railroad’s tracks north of Durango.
Full article:
Vandals target owner of Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but hit wrong house - Sheriff’s Office says 416 Fire a likely motivation


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:07 pm 

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From the Durango Herald:
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The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad plans to resume coal-fired steam engine service to Silverton on Thursday, after more than 40 days stuck in the depot.

“We are preparing to run on that day,” General Manager John Harper said Tuesday.

Harper said the train will work with local agencies and fire districts in the next couple of days to make sure they agree it is safe to run coal-fired engines, which are known for sending off cinders and starting small fires.

Link: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad eyes Thursday reopening


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 Post subject: Re: Fire in Colorado D&S RR affected
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:07 am 

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Only a week after resuming operations, the D&S has had to suspend operations due to mudslides in the Hermosa area. It stands to reason that after devastating fires, the loss of vegetation coupled with heavy rains would cause this.
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... -silverton


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:36 pm 

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Service to Silverton resumed on Friday the 20th.
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