Silverton can be a nice place to visit. Taking this train is the best way to get there. US 550 is such a scary road over the Red Mountain Pass. Coal Bank Pass, between Silverton and Durango, isn't a lot better. The entire trip fro Ouray to Durango is narrow, winding and twisted. Especially on the Uncompahgre River Valley, between Ouray and Silverton. Very scary.
After numerous trips over US 12 between I-5 and Yakima, WA. and spending 8 months driving armor plated behemoths in Iraq, driving a Honda over US 550 failed to frighten me. I guess I had become desensitized to the mortal danger. I would still rather take the train anyway.