Ride the Train for St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrate Fun Annual Holiday with Plenty of Greenery, Festive Atmosphere, Traditional Irish Music, and Tasty Irish Beer, Cocktails and Cuisine
DURANGO, Colo. — March 8, 2016 — The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (DSNGRR)™, which offers distinctive year-round rail experiences and special events to passengers of all ages in the remote, scenic wilderness and high-mountain landscape of Colorado’s San Juan National Forest, today announced tickets are now on sale for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Express on Friday, March 17, 2017.
For its annual run through the San Juan Mountains, the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Express celebrates all things Ireland with traditional Irish music provided by The Kitchen Jam Band; tasty Irish beers and handcrafted cocktails; and artisan corned beef sandwiches from The Yellow Carrot, the well-known award-winning Durango bistro. The St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Express will be decorated with an Irish flair, and guests are encouraged, but not required, to wear costumes or green attire to add to the festive atmosphere. The special event train departs the D&SNGRR depot at 9:45 a.m. MDT, heads to the Cascade Canyon wye, and returns to Durango at 2:45 p.m. MDT.
“For many guests, the D&SNGRR’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Express has become an entertaining tradition which allows them to celebrate this fun, festive holiday in a unique atmosphere,” said Allen C. Harper, head of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and chairman and chief executive officer of American Heritage Railways. “With its cheerful decorations and traditional Irish music, fare, and beverages, the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Express is a wonderful way to get into the spirit of this enjoyable observance, and to experience everything the D&SNGRR has to offer, including its outstanding service, impressive vintage locomotives, and incredible, majestic mountain scenery. It’s our sincere hope this excursion will become as popular as our other special events throughout the year and turn into a recurring annual traditional on our guests’ social calendars.”
Ticket Pricing and Availability
Tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Express are $62.00 per person for adults, and $36.00 per person for children. All tickets are subject to a seven percent historical preservation fee. Guest may reserve their spots aboard the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Express by ordering tickets online . or by calling the D&SNGRR toll-free reservation hotline at (877) 872-4607. All food and beverages must be purchased separately.
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About The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Established in 1881 as the Denver & Rio Grande Railway, and based in beautiful Durango, Colorado, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) has been transporting passengers, young and old alike, through the remote, scenic wilderness and high-mountain landscape of the San Juan National Forest for 135 years. Now owned and operated by American Heritage Railways, the D&SNGRR provides distinctive year-round rail experiences and exceptional special events via its fleet of vintage coal-fired, steam-operated locomotives and coaches which have been updated with modern conveniences to accommodate today’s discerning travelers. The D&SNGRR offers consumers a unique, enjoyable, and affordable family-friendly travel experience which combines the state’s colorful pioneering and mining histories with the unparalleled beauty of the Colorado backcountry. For more information, please visit www.durangotrain.com; like the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DSNGRR; and follow the railroad on Instagram and Twitter at @DSNGRR.