Ski Train - Nothing Lasts Forever News Story Posted By Kevin (Click Name To Email)
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - As you've probably noticed over the past few months, I've tried to spend a significant amount of my train chasing time on the Ski Train. My reasoning behind this is due to a simple philosophy..."nothing lasts forever". Back in the late 1970's and early 1980's when my dad was at his picture-taking peak, he's told me that he would have LOVED to see a Union Pacific SD40-2 on the Moffat. The reason being that it would have been different from what was normal. Who knew that within ten years (back then), Rio Grande and Southern Pacific would merge, keeping the Espee name. Who knew that within twenty years, SP and UP would merge! I've heard some railfans from the mid-seventies say they figured the Rio Grande Zephyr would be around forever. Perhaps not meaning it literally, but they never thought it would be gone by 1983.
So where am I going with all of this? I wanted to get the Ski Train as much as possible this winter because Phil Anschutz (owner of ANSCO, which owns the Ski Train) has stepped down from Union Pacific's Board of Directors. Now while Phil still holds a significant amount of UP stock, it got (and several others) wondering whether UP would now push to get rid of the Ski Train. Hopefully this doesn't happen anytime soon, but "nothing lasts forever". That is why I had so many Ski Train updates this winter.