Railroad West http://krcc.org en 'Whistle-Stop' Tour Travels Along the Southwest Chief Route http://krcc.org/post/whistle-stop-tour-travels-along-southwest-chief-route <p>The President and CEO of Amtrak rode the Southwest Chief line in a separate train through Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico on a Whistle-stop tour to talk about the future of the route. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dana Cronin was in La Junta and has this report.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:33:58 +0000 Dana Cronin 21987 at http://krcc.org 'Whistle-Stop' Tour Travels Along the Southwest Chief Route Hickenlooper Signs Southwest Chief Commission Bill http://krcc.org/post/hickenlooper-signs-southwest-chief-commission-bill <p><br />Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill in Pueblo today to create a commission aimed at keeping Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rolling through southern Colorado. KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports from Pueblo.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The train follows the historic Santa Fe Trail through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico as it travels between Chicago and Los Angeles. But it could be rerouted unless some $200 million in repairs are made to the tracks.<br /><br />Rail travel supporters gathered behind Pueblo’s Union Depot to watch the governor sign the bill.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:40:44 +0000 Shanna Lewis 19080 at http://krcc.org Hickenlooper Signs Southwest Chief Commission Bill Railroad West: Threat of Losing the Chief Could Mean the Return of Passenger Rail to Pueblo http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-threat-losing-chief-could-mean-return-passenger-rail-pueblo <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rolls through parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas following the historic Santa Fe Trail as it travels between Los Angeles and Chicago. But unless needed repairs are made to the tracks, this section could be rerouted to neighboring states. Yet, the threat of losing this train may be the catalyst that ends up bringing passenger rail service back to Pueblo after a long hiatus.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Shanna Lewis 18672 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Threat of Losing the Chief Could Mean the Return of Passenger Rail to Pueblo Southwest Chief Advocates Seek Federal Grant http://krcc.org/post/southwest-chief-advocates-seek-federal-grant <p>A new collaborative effort that crosses state lines has pledged more than $9 million as part of a grant application that would help keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route through Southern Colorado.&nbsp; KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:22:56 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 18453 at http://krcc.org Southwest Chief Advocates Seek Federal Grant Railroad West: In Trinidad, Freight and Passenger Rail are Linked http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-trinidad-freight-and-passenger-rail-are-linked <p>Trinidad is the last stop on Amtrak’s Los Angeles-bound Southwest Chief before the train makes its way through Raton Pass and into New Mexico. The route is at risk though, and could be eliminated from Colorado and Northern New Mexico entirely.&nbsp;&nbsp; As KRCC’s Maggie Spencer reports, many in the southern Colorado region see the passenger train and freight lines as inextricably linked, tying together the town’s history with the opportunities for future economic development.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Maggie Spencer 18306 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: In Trinidad, Freight and Passenger Rail are Linked Railroad West: La Junta as 'The Junction' http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-la-junta-junction <p><br />La Junta, Colorado is about the 30<sup>th</sup> stop en route to Los Angeles from Chicago on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. As the Southwest Chief’s rails are aging and expensive repairs are needed, La Junta is at risk of being removed from the train’s historic route.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown La Junta is sprinkled with cafes and small artisan shops. There’s the Otero Museum, which documents the history of the region, and the Koshare Indian Museum, which hosts native dance programs. Bent’s Old Fort is just eight miles from downtown.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 17806 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: La Junta as 'The Junction' Railroad West: New Mexico's Legislative Perspective http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-new-mexicos-legislative-perspective <p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 17427 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: New Mexico's Legislative Perspective Railroad West: Colorado Lawmakers Weigh In on the Southwest Chief http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-colorado-lawmakers-weigh-southwest-chief <p><br />Colorado’s Amtrak rail line in southeastern Colorado is in need of major repairs. Upgrades to the track are expected to be in the millions, and a measure is moving through the statehouse to try and find ways to finance the project and save the rail line.&nbsp; It’s part of a multi-state effort.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Southwest Chief line runs through the towns of Lamar, La Junta, and Trinidad. It’s part of a longer passenger route stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:12:25 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16576 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Colorado Lawmakers Weigh In on the Southwest Chief Railroad West: Southwest Chief Faces Possible Colorado Derailment http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-southwest-chief-faces-possible-colorado-derailment <p>Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is a long distance passenger train that travels daily from Chicago to Los Angeles.&nbsp; Some riders travel the full route, others use it as their primary transportation between shorter distances.&nbsp; The train follows the historic Santa Fe Trail, one of the oldest commerce routes in the American West.&nbsp; Along the way, it passes through Southern Colorado—Lamar, LaJunta, and Trinidad—and then into Raton in Northern New Mexico.&nbsp; But the rails are aging, and the Southwest Chief could be diverted, bypassing Colorado and Northern New Mexico entirely. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Maggie Spencer & Martha Perez-Sanz 16211 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Southwest Chief Faces Possible Colorado Derailment Railroad West: Amtrak along the Santa Fe Trail http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-amtrak-along-santa-fe-trail <p>Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through towns in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.&nbsp; The future of the route is in question, as the current rail lines require upgrades in order to maintain passenger rail speeds.&nbsp; A partnership is on the table to share expenses for the upgrades; as proposed, Colorado’s portion would be about $40 million over the course of ten years. A bill making its way through Colorado’s legislature would set up a commission to study the issue, as well as the possibility of adding a depot in Pueblo.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:59:12 +0000 Andrea Chalfin, Martha Perez-Sanz & Maggie Spencer 16192 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Amtrak along the Santa Fe Trail