Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
More details will emerge in the future, but also in the bill is $18 Million to build an underground rail transit safety test center at the Pueblo DOT railroad facility. The text specifically says,
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $18,000,000 for the period encompassing fiscal years 2008 through 2011 to design, develop, and construct the Facility for Underground Rail Station and Tunnel at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado. The facility shall be used to test and evaluate the vulnerabilities of above-ground and underground rail tunnels to prevent accidents and incidents in such tunnels, to mitigate and remediate the consequences of any such accidents or incidents, and to provide a realistic scenario for training emergency responders.This is a minor boon for Pueblo, especially in light of the financial meltdown currently taking hold on Wall Street.
I'm going to keep searching this legislation to see what else made it, but this is a great help to the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority.
Friday, October 17, 2008
If you have kids ages 3 to 10, I'm sure they'll get a kick out of riding a Christmas train. Prices are much reduced from the regular season fares with many running at $10 per child and $20 per adult. Hear the sleigh bells yet? You will.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Just another case of trying to beat the train and losing. Hope this guy has better luck in the future.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The idea is to pass the through freight over this route from and to the UP and BNSF corridors and keep only local freight to the existing rails. This would create the capacity for commuter rail service along the Front Range as far as Cheyenne or Laramie, WY and Raton or Santa Fe, NM, where it would possibly meet the New Mexico Rail Runner (or whatever it is called at the time).
As with most government agencies, the progress is extremely slow. They are having a second round of community meetings next month, which is fully five months after the first round. Here are the dates and locations, as announced.
- Limon - October 7 @ Limon Community Center
477 D Avenue, Limon
- Colorado Springs - October 8 @ Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
14 S. Chestnut Street, Colorado Springs
- Las Animas - October 9 @ Las Animas Elementary School
530 Poplar Avenue, Las Animas
- Brush - October 14 @ Morgan County Fairgrounds, ‘Old’ 4-H Exhibit Hall
750 Ellsworth Street, Brush
- Pueblo - October 23* @ Pueblo City Hall
City Hall Pl, Pueblo
* - Date has been changed and updated
It's difficult to imagine that commuter rail will ever become a reality at this rate. Public discussion and village politics are not the way to get things like this done. Rail is the most efficient means of transportation, yet in the days of $4 for a gallon of gas, commuter rail is only being taken half-seriously. It's past time to lay rail, and we're getting people only to think about what commuter service would mean to Colorado.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The Valley Courier quotes Donald Shank,
Our historical foundation, whose mission it is to preserve Colorado’s rich railroad history, is charged with the dismal task of removing what was so difficult to bring to Creede ... the rails that built the town. ... And so it will be with a profound sense of loss that I will pull the first spike, unbolt the first track bolt and lift the first rail ... The biggest loss will be to history.
The impact of this announcement is yet to be felt. Of particular concern is this month's scheduled trip over the Creede branch by the Rocky Mountain division of NARCOA (North American RailCar Operators Association is a group of track speeder afficianados, a railfan sub-species).
What is truly disappointing is that this comes in the face of the apparent success of the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad operating out of Alamosa in the heart of the San Luis Valley. On the other hand, every cloud over Creede has a silver lining. Depending on a lot, there is the off chance that a deal could be struck in the future for the RGSR to operate or purchase part of the line between South Fork and--just outside of--Creede. Plenty of mountain scenery awaits those travelling to the stomping grounds of Soapy Smith, and a standard-gauge steam engine already operating nearby could do the pulling. Who knows what the future brings, but some residents of Creede will fight it tooth and nail, to Donald Shank's dismay.