Curse You, Red Baron!
That would have been cool; however usually I had to leave before the train even left Durango and most normally returned about the time that the train was returning to Durango. I did meet it a couple times in the canyon - I had a plane that I used to fly out of Silverton to Albuquerque and if winds were on the calm side- I would wind my way through the canyon. In the winter I would base the plane out of Durango. After I left there - Standard Metals (Mayflower Mill) buried the 3000 foot strip with tailings - ugh!Did you ride the Durango and Silverton to go to work?
I will add that the "natural" banking of snow really made a difference in keeping the house warm!