Amtrak rolls out new look |

Amtrak rolls out new look

Heather McGregor
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

The historic Amtrak depot in downtown Glenwood Springs is getting an interior facelift to repair crumbling plaster and provide added ventilation and lighting.

“It went rather smoothly, and I am real happy with the results,” said Sandi Brown, Amtrak’s Glenwood Springs station agent.

The work is focused on the ceiling of the depot, including the entryway, lobby and passenger waiting room. The depot opened for business in 1904.

JLG Painting of Carbondale tackled the job of replacing old plaster on the depot’s cove ceiling, and then painting the interior using colors identified in the National Historic Register.

“It was lathe and plaster, and we had places where there were very big holes,” Brown said. “They replaced it with a very thin plaster board.”

The work also included new electrical wiring in the ceiling as an overall upgrade and to create outlets for additional ceiling fans.

The electrical work was done by Dan Belmont, a staff electrician with the Union Pacific Railroad, which owns the building, and George Zelenka of Zelenka Electric of Silt. Additional work on the project related to plumbing was done by Dan Dunn of Union Pacific.

New ceiling fans have been installed on either side of the ticket window and at the top of the stairs near the Seventh Street entrance. Brown said because the building is historic, it wouldn’t be appropriate to install air conditioning.

A new ceiling light fixture, which will match the design themes of the building, will also be installed in the lobby above the ticket window.

“We are trying to keep the fixtures as historic as possible,” Brown said.

All told, the work will cost Amtrak about $14,900, she said.

It’s another step in ongoing maintenance and upgrades to keep the 107-year-old depot serviceable in the 21st century.

Brown said work will be done later this year to make the depot fully accessible for wheelchairs, including a new ramped walkway outside and reconfiguration of the restrooms indoors.

For 2012, Brown plans to ask Amtrak for funding to upgrade the depot’s office area, while keeping its historic flavor.

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