California Zephyr Detouring via Wyoming

The Chicago-Emeryville, Calif., California Zephyr will detour “until further notice” via Wyoming west of Denver.

The detour, which began Sept. 20, was prompted by track wash outs on the train’s regular route via the former Denver & Rio Grande Western route via Grand Junction, Colo. The tracks are now owned by Union Pacific.  

Amtrak said it will provide chartered buses for passengers to and from Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction; and Green River, Helper and Provo, Utah. Local conditions prevent Amtrak from providing alternate transportation to Fraser-Winter Park and Granby, Colo. Amtrak has previous used the detour route for its San Francisco Zephyr and Pioneer.

Although considered less scenic than the mountainous D&RGW route, the Union Pacific’s transcontinental route features high plains and pronghorn antelope and other wildlife. The route last saw regularly scheduled Amtrak service in 1997 and has been used for other detours since then. No passenger stops will be made on the detour route in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. Crews will change at Green River, Wyo.

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