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December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango Train Kicks Off 'Green' Season
(2008-05-02)
Hundreds gathered outside the train station to kick off another season, which owner Al Harper says will be 'green.' (Victor Locke, KSUT)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The Durango/Silverton train kicked off it's 2008 Summer season with a traditional downtown celebration today, and with hopes the year ends "green", but not in the usual way.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: In keeping with tradition, the Bar D Wranglers entertained hundreds enjoying hot dogs, chips and the sort on the front lawn of the Narrow Gauge station.
The first train to Silverton leaves tomorrow morning, with four trains per day running at the height of the season.
But the big news train owner Al Harper was spreading was that the train, often criticized for the black smoke that belches from the coal fired 1800's engines, is going green.
HARPER: WE'RE GOING TO BE PLANTING OVER 2 THOUSAND, 500 TREES AND THEY WILL ABSORB THE SAME AMOUNT OF POLLUTION AS IS CREATED BY OUR TWELVE MAINTENANCE TRUCKS AND FOUR BUSES GOING TO SILVERTON.
The train is also engaging in a public relations campaign with local service clubs, such as the Rotary, to encourage LPEA customers to buy enough green power to erase the carbon footprint of the steam engines, which Harper says he hopes to clean up even more.
HARPER: IT'S A GREAT YEAR, THE RAILROAD'S REALLY GOING GREEN ONE HUNDRED PERCENT AND WE'RE REALLY WORKING HARD AT IT.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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