Holyoke, Idalia, and Towner are all towns in the eastern plains of Colorado. In real like, they spread about 180 miles apart, but I'm calling them neighbors. I'm not going to be modelling these towns in "fact" but rather in name only. Their names simply allow me to have a general concept (and a fun name for my line, pronounced "Eff-it")
The plains of Colorado are generally flat, with some mild rolling hills, and the winds can really pick up, which gives this rise to the planned wind farm.
In my version of Colorado, Amtrak has seized an opportunity to connect North Platte, NE to Albuquerque, NM, and this route passes through Idalia. This route more easily allows passengers from places like Chicago and Milwaukee to reach the southwest part of America.
Idalia is named for Mr. Jack Daniel Idalia, a cattleman who owned a ranch near the town site. the main business in Idalia is still cattle based, with meat, milk and leather products as their main commodities. Residents of Holyoke and Towner commute into Idalia via rail or car to their jobs at the Dairy, Tannery, and Slaughterhouse.
The current rail plan looks like this: