Amtrak service rerouted by flooding

The California Zephyr will stop for the last time today in Grand Junction until flood-ravaged rails over the Continental Divide can be repaired.

Since Wednesday, passengers have been bused from the Grand Junction depot to Denver, due to flood damage.

Union Pacific Railroad officials expect the line between Grand Junction and Denver to be back in service in early October, railroad spokesman Mark W. Davis said.

Until the route is restored, however, the Amtrak trains will be diverted to Salt Lake City, then cross Wyoming and drop south to Denver, leaving stops in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and other West Slope locations unserved.

For Dave Fedler, owner of Dave’s Depot in the Grand Junction Amtrak Depot, the last train today will close his business until the Grand Junction-Denver route is restored.

Fedler said he was relieved by the promise of a relatively short closure.

“That’s not bad,” Fedler said. “A month is not too bad.”

Fedler did set some money aside in anticipation of such a “bump,” but he also might be eligible for compensation as a result of losing business because of a natural disaster, he said.

Union Pacific crews, meanwhile, are moving materials and equipment to a location about 16 miles west of Denver, Davis said.

From there, the crews will repair flood damage at several locations for about 20 miles west toward the Moffat Tunnel, Davis said.


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