Long after other railroads had replaced steam with Diesel and wooden coaches with steel, the Rio Grande continued to operate the Silverton as a tourist train. The silver ink on the cover of this brochure, which is both an advertisement and an along-the-way guide, ironically recalls stainless steel passenger cars but is used here in honor of the train’s namesake city.
The brochure notes that the train operated daily from June 8 to September 4 and three times a week for the rest of September. The round-trip fare was $5.50, or nearly $45 in today’s money. Today, the Durango & Silverton operates as many as three trains a day in the summer with fares starting at $89.