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Royal Gorge Route Railroad rolling for the season

Posted at 5:33 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 19:33:39-04

FREMONT COUNTY — Colorado's finest rolling restaurant is officially back in action.

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad has been shut down since March 15, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars.

The Railroad employees about 300 people in and around Canon City. It's the largest destination attraction in southern Colorado.

The company came close to shutting down for the season just days before Fremont County's variance to reopen was approved by the state.

"Oh it's a huge relief. This has been tiring, this has been exhausting. We came within 10 minutes of shutting down for the entire season on Wednesday," owner Mark Greska said.

The company is operating at 30 percent capacity. Where they would normally have about 1,200 riders a day, they now about about 250.

Employees are wearing masks and gloves and asking that patrons wear masks as well.

The train runs at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. everyday. The company hopes to add a 9:15 a.m. route soon.