California Zephyr Resumes Regular Route

The inbound California Zephyr glides through Riverside on the center track of the BNSF raceway in suburban Chicago on June 2, 2012.

The inbound California Zephyr glides through Riverside on the central track of the BNSF raceway in suburban Chicago on June 2, 2012.

The California Zephyr will return today to its regular route through the Colorado Rockies after Union Pacific reopened its former Denver & Rio Grande Western main line west of Denver.

The Zephyr had been detouring on UP’s Overland Route through Wyoming after heavy rains and flooding damaged the ex-D&RGW tracks.

UP had been running work trains on a continuous basis to expedite repairs since the line was closed on Sept. 12. Returning to its regular route will restore Amtrak service to Fraser-Winter Park, Granby, Glenwood Springs, and Grand Junction, Colo., and Green River, Helper and Provo, Utah.

The restoration of service took effect with the departures of No. 5 from Chicago and No. 6 from Emeryville, Calif., on Oct. 11. UP is continuing to make repairs to the route and will establish maintenance windows for work to continue .

 

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