Fron­tier Days Train on track to­ward big rodeo

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

The 27th an­nual Den­ver Post Cheyenne Fron­tier Days Train, re­vived in 1992 to mark the news­pa­per’s 100th an­niver­sary, will carry a sold-out group of 700 rid­ers to a day of Old West­style fun on Satur­day.

The 15-car spe­cial, whose pas­sen­gers were se­lected by a lottery sys­tem, de­parts from the Union Pa­cific freight yard at 45th Av­enue and Brighton Boule­vard near the Den­ver Coli­seum at 7 a.m. Satur­day. The train will leave Cheyenne at 5 p.m. and is ex­pected to be back in Den­ver about 8:30 p.m.

Among the spe­cial guests on­board this year are Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Post pub­lisher Mac Tully.

The day’s fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude the roundtrip train ride, the big pa­rade in down­town Cheyenne, a pri­vate bar­be­cue at the rodeo grounds and prime seats to the “Daddy of ‘em All” rodeo. A light break­fast and sup­per will be served on the train.

This year’s train of 1950s era pas­sen­ger cars will be pulled by the UP’s vin­tage steam lo­co­mo­tive 844, the last built for the rail­road in 1944 and never re­moved from its ac­tive ros­ter. The lo­co­mo­tive will be on dis­play all day Fri­day in the Union Pa­cific freight yard.

Be­cause of con­struc­tion, the north­bound lanes on Brighton Boule­vard are closed at 38th Av­enue, but ac­cess to the park­ing lots at the Coli­seum is reach­able from the Brighton exit off In­ter­state 70.

The Cheyenne Fron­tier Days Train is an event of the Den­ver Post Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, a 501(c) (3) non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports of pro­grams ben­e­fit­ting arts and cul­ture; chil­dren and youth; ed­u­ca­tion and lit­er­acy, at the pro­vi­sion of ba­sic hu­man ser­vices. MDC Rich­mond Amer­i­can Homes Foun­da­tion is the train’s pre­sent­ing spon­sor.

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