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News photo: Rocky Mountainteer test run in Colorado

By | July 21, 2021

Denver-Moab service prepares for Aug. 15 start

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Two yellow locomotives leading blue, gold, and white passenger cars
Two yellow locomotives leading blue, gold, and white passenger cars
A test run for the Rocky Moutaineer’s “Rockies to Red Rocks” train passes through Arvada, Colo., on Tuesday, July 20. (Steve Patterson)

ARVADA, Colo. — Two leased Union Pacific locomotives lead a Rocky Mountaineer trainset through Arvada on Tuesday as the train made the fourth of eight test trips for familiarizing crews and onboard employees before the launch of the company’s new “Rockies to Red Rocks” service between Denver and Moab, Utah. The locomotives have been leased to Rocky Mountaineer for the duration of the train’s debut season, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 15. They may be wrapped or otherwise dressed up prior to the start of operations. Rocky Mountaineer is offering two-day trips between Denver and Moab or Moab and Denver, with an overnight stop in Glenwood Springs, Colo., in either case. More information is available at the Rocky Mountaineer website.

4 thoughts on “News photo: Rocky Mountainteer test run in Colorado

  1. Withe the fires in the Fraser River and the US-Canada border closed, it looks like the Rocky Mountaineer management made the right call.

  2. Saw this at Tabernash and was able to get a better look at Winter Park a few weeks ago. I was at a family reunion and did not know about a new route, thought maybe train was going for service in Denver or somewhere east. Dome cars were empty, others had tinted windows so could not see much inside except a few had people in safety vests, guess this explains why. There is nice country to travel through in that part of Colorado although not as spectacular as the old Moffat route over the pass at Corona. That would be a hell of a summer trip! Just needs rails, ties, roadbed, and new trestles and tunnels. Sure wouldn’t want to do that in the winter, though.

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