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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad plans to resume full service

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Posted at 6:50 AM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 08:50:22-04

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A scenic railroad that runs through the southwestern Colorado mountains is planning to resume coal-fired steam engine service after shutting down last month because of fire restrictions.

The Durango Herald reports the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad aims to start full service Thursday after it suspended operations June 1 for a fire in the San Juan National Forest.

La Plata County commissioners are expected to consider Wednesday downgrading fire restrictions that banned coal-fired steam engines.

General manager John Harper says the tourist attraction will work with local agencies to make sure it's safe to run the coal-fired engines.

Harper says 150 employees were furloughed because of the closure, which he estimated caused an economic loss of about $33 million to the area.