David Benton wrote:i read it was because of uncertainty of platform space at union station . or rather that was the last straw .
Any further details? I haven't been there since the 90s, but I can't believe that one pair of Amtrak trains a day maxes out Denver Union Station's capacity.
Well, the station itself can accomodate more, but the train sheds for multiple railroad operations (UP, CB&Q, D&RGW, ATSF, and CRI&P) long ago came down. There is a shed along Track 1 which shares the platform with the station doors, and there's a shed over Tracks 2 and 3. But that's it. 3 tracks.
Now, to be blunt, a 3 track station probably can handle 12-14 arrivals and departures daily, if they're staggered a little, but this station cannot handle the load it could back in the 60s anymore. The tracks are gone. For that matter, the coach yard is gone.
If Denver is going to tear down tracks 2 and 3, well, they don't need that big building for Amtrak anymore, they need about 3000 sq feet tops. Anyone for an Amshack in Denver?