Al Harper: 'Every crisis makes you better'

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Al Harper: 'Every crisis makes you better'

Train owner says railroad has long history of overcoming disasters

Al Harper: 'Every crisis makes you better'

Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, discusses some of the challenges the railroad has endured during its 137 years of operation. The railroad is facing another challenge as a result of the 416 Fire.

Al Harper: 'Every crisis makes you better'

Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, is converting a coal-fired locomotive to burn oil in an effort to reduce the fire risk of running his trains through the San Juan National Forest.

Al Harper: 'Every crisis makes you better'

Duane Smith

Al Harper: 'Every crisis makes you better'

Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, said his "barnyard" at the Railroad Museum is especially popular with children, whom he's looking to introduce to the history of railroads.
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