The much anticipated return of the Winter Park Express is finally here after a long absence since 2009. The weekend ski train service was in operation from 1940 until its demise in 2009 but the good news is that Winter Park in collaborating with Amtrak are finally getting the train back in action. The popular train service operated between the Denver Union Station and Grand County ski area.
The return of the train service was prompted by the extremely successful temporary revival by Winter Park and Amtrak. The two offered one-day tickets from Denver to Winter Park which were sold out in the course of the two weekends of operation. The unprecedented success of the revival nudged Winter Park and Amtrak to enter negotiations with Union Pacific who own the track to see the trips become a weekend fixture for skiers during the winter. After almost 18 months of negotiations, the train service is bound to make a triumphant return in time of the 2016-17 ski season.
The demise of the Denver to Winter Park train service popularly known as Ski Train is attributed to declining profits, crowded tracks and high insurance cost faced by the previous owner Philip Anschutz.
With a $1.5 million grant to aid in rail improvements and ADA-compliant boarding platform, the Winter Park Express is bound to make a triumphant return. Details as to ticket prices and schedules will be announced at a special event in the popular ski area.
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