DENVER, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Rio Grande Scenic Ski Train will not run for a 70th consecutive year in Colorado due to a judge's ruling, an Iowa Pacific attorney said.
Attorney Gerald Haberkorn for Iowa Pacific Holdings, which sought a temporary restraining order, said U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn denied the request that would have required Amtrak to operate the train between Denver and Winter Park, Colo., The Denver Post said Thursday.
Haberkorn said while Iowa Pacific wanted the Ski Train to run this Sunday, Blackburn's ruling Wednesday means the excursion train "will not run at the very least through Jan. 6."
Iowa Pacific sought the restraining order after the company accused Amtrak of reneging on a deal to provide crews for the Ski Train.
Iowa Pacific spent nearly $800,000 in an attempt to have the train operate in 2009, Iowa Pacific attorney Robert Smeltzer said.
The Post said Blackburn decided Iowa Pacific did not prove it would "suffer irreparable injury" if he ruled in favor of the company's breach-of-contract claim.