Colorado Ski Train revival seeks Union Station aid |

Colorado Ski Train revival seeks Union Station aid

Jeffrey Leib
The Denver Post
DENVER-WINTER PARK CO., JAN. 15, 2006 --Ê Passengers of The Ski Train board the locomotive, Sunday, Jan., 15, 2006, for its departure back to Denver at 4:15 p.m. It is about a two-hour trip back to Denver. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post RJ SANGOSTI CELL 970.217.6147

A business team trying to revive the Ski Train service between Denver and Winter Park for the upcoming season has asked Union Station officials for help in keeping the tradition going.

In April, billionaire Phil Anschutz’s company said it was selling the Ski Train’s railcars to a Canadian railroad operator and ending the 69-year run of the Colorado excursion train.

Earlier this month, Iowa Pacific Holdings, which operates tourist trains in southern Colorado and shortline freight railroads there and in other states, said it was interested in taking over the Ski Train operation.

In a letter last week to the Denver Union Station Project Authority (DUSPA), Winter Park Resort president Gary DeFrange and Iowa Pacific president Ed Ellis said: “It is our understanding that DUSPA had plans to fund as well as accommodate the parking, loading and unloading of the Ski Train near Coors Field on a temporary basis during the redevelopment of Union Station.”

Noting that the station authority intended to assist the Anschutz-owned train with the temporary platform, Ellis and DeFrange said Iowa Pacific hoped “to step in and operate a new version of the Ski Train this upcoming winter” with railcars that hold more than twice as many passengers as Anschutz’s cars, thus making a temporary station easier to build.

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