News Wire: Colorado fire prompts Durango & Silverton parent to suspend operations at Washington railroad

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Friday, June 08, 2018 10:27 AM

DURANGO, Colo. — American Heritage Railways, parent company of the shuttered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, made a startling announcement Thursday that it was closing Washington’s Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum un...

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/06/08-as-colorado-fire-continues-durango--silverton-parent-supends-operations-at-washington-railroad

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Posted by MidlandMike on Sunday, June 10, 2018 9:18 PM

The fire covers 17,000+ acres and 2000+ people evacuated, including Purgatory/Durango Mtn Resort.  

https://durangoherald.com/articles/227846

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, June 11, 2018 9:09 AM

Was the Washington property in the black or the red. 

If it was in the red and no longer has the Durango and Silverton to pump cash into the main corporate coffers, I undersand.  If it was in the black, I don't understand the conserving resources excuse, I also don't understand closing it until August - I guess June and July must not be prime tourist season in Washington.

         

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Monday, June 11, 2018 3:05 PM

It comes at no surprise. American heritage is a for profit operation. It won't be saddled with money losing operations. It sad, but maybe another solution can be be arranged.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Monday, June 11, 2018 6:54 PM

The administrative staff at the D&S maybe also handled that work for the Mt Rainier.  After they laid off the Durango staff, maybe there was no one to handle Wash.

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Posted by SD70Dude on Monday, June 11, 2018 7:04 PM

MidlandMike

The administrative staff at the D&S maybe also handled that work for the Mt Rainier.  After they laid off the Durango staff, maybe there was no one to handle Wash.

Perhaps Mt. Rainer was dispatched from the D&S office?

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