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Windsor Wonderland kicks off holiday season, honors 115 years of the Great Western Railway

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December 01 2016

WINDSOR, COLO. – Dec. 1, 2016 – Every year the Town of Windsor and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce come together to host the annual Windsor Wonderland festival.  This year there is lots to celebrate, including the 115th anniversary of the Town’s beloved railroad, the Great Western Railway of Colorado, LLC (GWR), an affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group.

“For the past three years the Great Western has generously transported Santa to the festival on their historic Yellowstone railcar, which has become a real treat for the kids to see and a highlight of the day,” said Connie Rutz, chair of the Windsor Wonderland planning committee.  “This year we hear the Great Western is also offering extra special giveaways in honor of 115 years of service to the community – it shouldn’t be missed!”

Said Mike Monsour, General Manager for the GWR: “We love being able to partner with the Town and the Chamber to make the Windsor Wonderland a truly memorable day for the community.  The planning committee does such a fantastic job making sure every detail is perfect, and we also try to leave the train out for a bit after arriving, so that people can take pictures in front of the car.  It’s truly a classic having been built in 1898 and fully restored.”

People travel from all across Colorado to see the Yellowstone, which famously carried Teddy Roosevelt across the country during his 1900 whistle-stop campaign tour.  The GWR also marked its 115th anniversary by sponsoring a free day at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum and is in the process of donating history books on the railroad to all the local public schools and libraries.

Santa will arrive at Windsor Wonderland by train at the 5th Street and Ash Street crossing.  The day will be filled with coffee, cocoa, cookies, s’mores, a snowball fight, petting zoo, tons of crafts and more.  A full schedule of events can be found here:


About OmniTRAX, Inc.

As one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies, OmniTRAX's core capabilities range from providing management services to railroad and port services and to intermodal and industrial switching operations. Through its affiliation with The Broe Group and its portfolio of managed companies, OmniTRAX also has the unique capability of offering specialized industrial development and real estate solutions, both on and off the rail network managed by OmniTRAX. More information is available at

About The Broe Group

The Broe Group, based in Denver, Colorado, is a diversified privately-owned enterprise with a multi-billion dollar asset base.  The Broe Group and its affiliates employ more than 1,000 people directly and provide employment for countless others through its Great Western Industrial Park in Northern Colorado. The Broe Group and its affiliates own and/or manage commercial real estate and other businesses across North America. Its transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, Inc., is a leading transportation services firm with railroad, port and terminal operations, and is the 2nd largest operator of short-line railroads in the U.S. Its energy affiliate, Great Western Oil & Gas Company, is a top 10 driller in Colorado and among the top 100 drillers in the U.S. The Broe Group has multiple other investment affiliates, including Three Leaf Ventures, which is focused on innovative healthcare technology start-ups. For more information, see