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7:08 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS - In the Glenwood Springs Amtrak Station, at the Glenwood Railroad Museum, Jan Girardo's business has be derailed.

"The trains have been replaced temporarily with the bus," Girardo said.

That means fewer people are coming in to learn about the history of trains in Colorado. Right now, about the only train you'll see around Glenwood Springs is the museum's model train. The tracks outside are quiet after last week's flooding damaged a rail line outside Denver, leaving track hanging over a large gap.

"It was a huge gap," Girardo said.

As of now, there are no trains running between Denver and Salt Lake City. Amtrak has offered riders stops by bus but are not servicing Granby or Fraser at this time.

While riders can take a bus to Glenwood Springs, the number of people traveling there has dropped off.

"It puts a dent in the schedule you might say," Girardo said.

The good news is that the tracks are still hanging there thanks in part the way they were built.

"They have gone from rails bolted together which used to give you click and clack. They have gotten rid of those in favor of welded rail,m which are huge long sections," Girardo explained.

According to Amtrak's website, the line may be repaired in early October.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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