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Denver’s Union Station: Amtrak is Back

Landmark station still a work in progress as California Zephyr returns.

Amtrak-logoAfter being shunted to the cinderblock ignominy of a temporary station in Denver for three long years as Denver’s historic Union Station is remade into an multi-modal transportation hub, restaurant cluster and hotel, Amtrak’s California Zephyr is returning to Union Station with the first eastbound departure this evening, Friday, February 28 at 7:10 p.m. — if it is not delayed. And, of course, during the 133-year-old’s station reconstruction, it is moving to yet another temporary location.

East- and west-bound California Zephyr trains passing in Glenwood Canyon in winter. Photo: WikiMedia
East- and west-bound California Zephyr trains passing in Glenwood Canyon in winter. Photo: WikiMedia

The first westbound departure is scheduled for 8:05 a.m. Part of me wants to take a train trip from Denver to San Francisco someday, but the train doesn’t really go to San Francisco but rather to Oakland — and the trip takes 51 hours even without delays. So maybe not for me after all.

Still, I celebrate the return of Amtrak even as I doubt I will bother. I’ll save my train lust for Europe and visit Union Station to eat.