UPDATED: Royal Gorge Route Railroad set for opening on May 23 after threatened closure

Trains News Wire round-up for May 21 also includes: Trans Siberian board game; Largest ever UK train station planned; and Omaha Railroad Days cancellation
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Royal Gorge Route Railroad owner warns of permanent closure

UPDATED — CAÑON CITY, Colo. (via KRDO) — In a post on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad's Facebook page, the railroad announced it will open, after all, on May 23. No other details were available.

In previous statements, Mark Greska, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad's owner said his tourist railroad may close permanently if area businesses were unable to re-open from Coronavirus closures by June 1.

Greska told KRDO that he doesn't hear back from Colorado officials by then, he'll "have to lay off 300 employees".

Local officials tell the television station that they've been told a decision on when to re-open businesses has been made, but that county and state officials haven't shared details.

Omaha Railroad Days have been cancelled

OMAHA, Neb. (Via Omaha.com)

Officials in Omaha; Council Bluffs, Iowa; and surrounding communities are putting off annual railroad festivities until at least July 2021 due to Coronavirus concerns.

The May 19 announcement impacts festivities planned for July involving the Lauritzen Gardens, Durham Museum, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, RailsWest Railroad musuem, among others.

This year would have been Railroad Days' 13th annual event.

Largest ever UK station planned for London

LONDON (via The Railway Hub)

The Railway Hub news site reports that UK officials have approved planning applications this week for what would be the largest train station in the United Kingdom.

The station is slated for Old Oak Common in west London and is expected to a hub for HS2 or a second phase of high-speed rail expansion on the island.

Station planners reportedly will build 14 platforms accomodating about 250,000 passengers daily.

Game maker adds to collection with "Trans Siberian Railroad"

The Gaming Gang reports that Rio Grande Games based in Placitas, N.M., will release a new board game for rail enthusiasts called "Trans Siberian Railroad."

Players take the roll of Russian rail barrons attempting to connect Moscow with the Pacific Ocean.

The new game adds to the company's list of railroad-themed game titles which includes "Boxcars", "Gulf, Mobile & Ohio", and "20th Century Limited."

More information is available online. 

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