electricron wrote:A quick Google search for driving distances got two different answers:Sitting for two hours on a train traveling along the Front Range definitely isn't the same as sitting for two hours in a waiting room
1 h 56 min (101.2 mi) via I-25 N
2 h 30 min (113.6 mi) via US-85 N
I feel the train's route might be longer than either highway route.
Whether it's 101, 113, or more miles, it will probably take a coonvential train stopping at stations along the way over 2 hours to travel. Here's an experiment I suggest you do, sit for 2 hours doing nothing else, then tell me how short it is!
Then consider the train would have to travel in both directions before it could head south again towards Colorado Springs and Pubelo from Denver.
It probably would take a little over 3 hours Denver - Cheyenne. This CB&Q timetable from 1953 clocks in at 3h30m from Cheyenne to Denver and just shy of 4h DEN-CHD. There is some serious padding in that schedule though, considering that northbound trains from Denver to Ft. Collins took nearly an hour longer than southbound. On the down side, BNSF's route is definitely longer than either I-25 or US-85, and coal trains are still a problem to dodge.
Is the traffic potential there for an extension to Wyoming? Depends on how much this train is just tapping residents of Cheyenne (or Coloradans that want to go there), and how much it taps into the traffic to Warren AFB and any other destination nearby... probably not enough demand to sustain even 1/day at a reasonable farebox recovery ratio (say, 60%.) However, Wyoming might still opt to fund a train to tap into the national network again, and that depends as much on state pride & finances as on ridership. Regardless, there's really no call for more than one train a day in each direction to Wyoming.