Royal Gorge Route opening pushed back

News Wire Digest second section for May 20: Green Bay rail museum to reopen Thursday; Chehalis-Centralia, Wash., railroad and museum to reopen June 20
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Colorado's Royal Gorge Route Railroad has pushed back its planned opening, and now is aiming for June 13, with hopes of opening sooner.
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Wednesday tourist railroad and museum news in brief:

— Colorado's Royal Gorge Route Railroad has pushed back its planned reopening from May 23 as it waits for a variance to allow operation to be approved from the state. The tentative reopening date is June 13, but the Canon City Daily Record reports reopening could come sooner if the railroad receives needed guidance from the state. The railroad has said it can accommodate up to 300 passengers on a train even with social distancing [see “Royal Gorge Route Railroad to reopen,” News Wire Digest, April 30, 2020].

— The National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wis., will reopen on Thursday, with new rules to protect visitors and workers in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Among the changes: no more than 35 people will be admitted each hour, with the museum selling timed tickets for entry through 3 p.m. Tickets will be available at the museum website. Other changes include social distancing prompts through the facility; a schedule for disinfecting high-touch areas throughout the day; hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum, and closing areas where it is difficult to maintain social distance or cleanliness. Museum staff will wear masks and follow an extensive virus mitigation protocol. Additional details are available at the museum website.

— Washington’s Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum plans to open June 20, in time for Father’s Day weekend, and now has tickets on sale. Operations will be reservation-only, and will have reduced capacity in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Operations will have a capacity of 49 or less — less than half the railroad’s usual capacity — to meet Gov. Jay Inslee’s order to limit gatherings to 50 or less. There will be three 90-minute trips on Saturdays and two on Sundays. For more information, visit the railroad website.

 

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