New ski train to Winter Park on track to take over
November 16, 2009
DENVER – A company seeking to keep Denver’s ski train going is selling tickets for the upcoming season.
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is expected to provide service from Denver’s Union Station to the Winter Park ski area from Dec. 27 to March 28 on weekends, holidays and other select days.
The company wants to take over the service as a successor to the Anschutz Co.’s Ski Train, using its rail cars. Anschutz sold the train’s cars earlier this year after operating it for 21 years.
The scenic railroad has been negotiating with the Union Pacific Railroad, the track’s owner, and Amtrak, which will provide crews.
Ed Ellis, the railroad’s president, says his company needs final approval from Amtrak, but is confident it will come through in a week or two.