Last Winter Park Express ski run for 2017 comes home

The first season of the Winter Park Express was a big success. ColoRail leaders traveled on the last trip on March 26. They honored Gary DeFrange, the outgoing CEO of Winter Park ski resort with a custom train host parka, poster and letter of thanks.

Gary, a ColoRail member, played a crucial role in getting the train going. Amtrak has committed to continuing the WPE in 2018.  ColoRail coordinated the train host program and presented passengers with a special postcard and pen on the return trips March 25th and 26th.

ColoRail Pueblo Trip August 6th CONFIRMED!

ColoRail Excursion Itinerary to Amtrak Exhibit Train in Pueblo Aug. 6

8:00 AM             LV. 17th & Wewatta Sts, near RTD Wewatta St. RTD Entrance Bus Pavilion

8:20-8:30           LV.  RTD Mineral Light Rail Station, Santa Fe Dr. and Mineral Ave.

                             Santa Fe to I-25, then follow RR tracks via Palmer Lake, return to I-25

                              Stop at trolley museum in Colorado Springs (Fillmore Exit.) 30-45 minutes

                              Stop at Colorado Springs train station briefly (future front range stop?)

 11:30-11:45       AR.  I-25 to Pueblo Union Depot on B St. in Pueblo

 4:30 – 5:00          LV. for return to both pick up stops.

ColoRail will hold to its $30 round-trip bus fare from three years ago.

Please email me ASAP if you would like to join us – railbob@q.com.  All Aboard Pueblo!
Bob Brewster ColoRail Trip Coordinator

Agenda for this Saturday, Oct. 3, Meeting at Denver Union Station

For Colorado, 2016 is The Year of the Train

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Denver Union Station, Sage Room Downstairs
1702 Wynkoop, Denver, Colorado

AGENDA

9:00 am – Social time, Denver Union Station

9:15 am – Convene the Meeting – ColoRail’s Vision for Passenger Rail
Jim Souby, President, ColoRail

9:30 am – Report From Amtrak
Rob Eaton, Colorado Government Affairs Director, Amtrak

10:00 am – Colorado Transportation – Entering a New Era and Just in Time!
Mike Lewis, Deputy Executive Director, CDOT

11:00 am – Advancing ColoRail’s Bold Agenda for 2016
Membership Discussion
Report from NARP (invited)

12:00 pm – Wrap up
Action Items
Volunteer Instructions

12:30 pm – Adjourn

12:45 – Man ColoRail Table and Tour Amtrak Exhibit Train!

ColoRail Meeting Oct. 3 at Denver Union Station

ColoRail meeting Oct. 3

ColoRail will meet Saturday morning, October 3rd, at Denver Union Station.  The meeting starts at 9:00 am and concludes at 12:30 pm, in the Sage Room downstairs.

Please join us to learn and discuss:

  • Why 2016 is shaping up as the year of the train in Colorado!
  • Why the time to begin comprehensive planning for Front Range passenger rail is now!
  • What is the latest from CDOT on Bustang and transit and rail planning.
  • Where Amtrak stands in a year of constant turmoil in Washington, DC.
  • Will the Winter Park Express roll again?
  • How we are faring as we continue our campaign to save the Southwest Chief!
  • Tour the Amtrak Exhibit Train at DUS following the meeting!

Featured speakers include Mike Lewis, CDOT deputy executive director, and Rob Eaton, Amtrak government affairs director for Colorado. Mr. Lewis has recently joined DOT from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation where he served as director for six years. Mr. Eaton is the former mayor of Leavenworth, Washington, where he successfully added an Amtrak stop and new station on the Empire Builder.

Amtrak Exhibit Train in Denver Oct. 3

Amtrak will bring its Exhibit Train to Denver Union Station on the same day as our meeting. The train will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This “Train Days” event is free and will have activities for children.