Train fans hope to get back on track |

Train fans hope to get back on track

Railroad supporters plan to take another stab at lobbying the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to allow a tourist and dinner train to operate between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.

Local backers of train service announced in a press release that their three-month effort to find an excursion train operator produced a proposal from Armitage Investment Group, whose investors are from Denver and Boulder. The RFTA board of directors will be alerted about the proposal at its meeting Thursday.

“The board is being asked to allow time for complete proposals to be submitted and assure respondents it will give meaningful consideration to the proposals and leasing the rails to a qualified owner/operator,” said the statement from the local rail fans.

The dinner train would have three cars that have white table linens and fine china. A first-class dinner would be offered on Friday and Saturday nights for an “average” cost of $65 per person.

The RFTA board turned down a similar proposal in May because it was too vague and presented too much of a fiscal risk to the organization. The board also considered tearing up the track between Glenwood and Carbondale, but delayed a decision.

The board said the door was closed on the excursion train idea. The local train proponents hope to pry that door back open.

The local group, called Rails and Trails, made information about the excursion train proposal available at its Web site,

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