Colorados Railroads

A - D

Symbols:

 

Type of Railroad

CR

Cog Railway

NG

Narrow Gauge

SG

Standard Gauge


 

Purpose of Railroad

Zweck der Eisenbahn

C R

Terminal (connecting) Railroad, in Industrial region

VerbindungsBahn im Industriegebiet

F R

Branchline Railroad built to connect with farming area

Nebenbahn zu Bauernh÷fen

IR

Industrial Railroad, serving a factory and or being operated by such

Industriebahn

L R

Lumber Railroad, serving lumber area

Nebenbahn fuer Holzfaeller

M R

Branchline Railroad built to serve mines

Stichstrecke zu Bergwerken

T R

Tourist Railroad

Touristenbahn

U R

Urban Railway, Tramway

Strassenbahn

X X

Major carrier

Hauptstrecke

 

 

 

A

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Argentine Central
36inch / 1905 - 1918 / MR, TR

Walldorf - Vidler Mine
Walldorf - Grays Peak

Second highest railroad in the U.S. (14110ft)
Renamed Argentine & Grays Peak in 1912

Arkansas Valley
36inch / 1906 - 1907 / FR

Rocky Ford - Jct. w/ Santa Fe

Bought by Santa Fe in 1907

Aspen & Western Railway
36inch / ---- / --

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Atchinson Topeka & Santa Fe
SG / 1859 - 1995 / XX

Denver - Pueblo - Trinidad - Raton
Kansas City - Trinidad
Pueblo - Corley Mine (nr. Canon City)

Merged in 1995 with Burlington Northern to form BNSF

B

Name
Gauge/Time /Purpose

Route

Remarks

Bald Mountain Railroad
SG / 1902 - 1921 / MR

Occidetal Decelopment Mine - D&RGW Jct

2 miles track

Beaver Penrose & Northern
SG / 1909 - 1918 / FR

Florence - Penrose

6 miles track

Book Cliff Railway
36inch /1899 - 1923 / MR

Served Carpenter Mine and others

 

Boston Coal & Fuel
NG / 1901 - 1906 / MR

Franklin Jct (nr. Durango) - Perins Peak Coal Mine

 

Boston & Colorado Smeltering
NG / 1879 - 1910 / IR

Boston & Colorado Smelter

 

Burlington Northern
SG / 1970 - 1995 / XX

Cheyenne - Denver
Cheyenne - Holdridge
Denver - Trinidad - Des Moines
Denver - Chicago
Denver - Golden

Founded by merging Chicago Burlington & Quincy, Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Colorado & Southern, Burlington, Rock Island, Fort Worth & Denver City

C

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Calumet Fuel Co.
NG / 1906 - 1926 / MR

West of Durango

Owned by Boston Coal and Fuel
Leased to Rio Grande Southern

Canon City and Cripple Creek
NG / ? / ?

Canon City - Oro Junta

 

Castle Valley
? / ? / ?

?

Merged Rio Grande Western

Central Pacific
SG / ? / XX

Denver - Northeastbound

Later Union Pacific

Chicago Burlington and Quincy
SG / 1864 - 1970 / XX

Denver - Pueblo
Denver - Golden
Pueblo - Chicago
Denver - Chicago

Later BNSF

Chicago Rock Island and Pacific
SG / 1851 - 1981/ XX

Denver - Chicago
Denver - Golden

Later Rock Island

Chicosa Fuel
NG / 1899 - 1913 / CR

7 Mines at Forbes
north of Trinidad

Connected with Colorado and Southern

Colorado Central
NG and SG / 1865 - 1890 / XX

Denver - Golden
Golden - Boulder
Boulder - Longmont
Denver - Wyoming
 

Merged Colorado Southern
feat. famous Georgetown Loop

Colorado and Northwestern
NG / 1897 - 1909 / MR

Boulder - Greeley/Ward/Eldora mines

 

Colorado and Southern
SG / 1898 - 1962 / XX

Denver - New Orleans
Denver - Leyden
Denver - Northbound
Colorado Springs - Grand Jct

Owner of
Denver Texas and New Orleans
Colorado Midland
and 28 other railroads

Colorado and Southeastern
SG / 1903 - 1951 / MR

Branchlines to mines near
Trinidad

 

Colorado and South Western
NG / 1925 - 1933 / LR

North of Dolores
Connecting with Rio Grande Southern

 

Colorado and Wyoming
SG / 1899 - today / MR

Near Trinidad

 

Colorado Coal and Iron
NG / 1880 - 1892 / IR

Steel Mill Pueblo

 

Colorado Eastern
NG / 1888 - 1915 / CR

Denver Vicinity

 

Colorado Fuel and Iron
SG and NG / 1892 - Today / IR

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Colorado Kansas
SG / 1911 - 1938 / MR

Pueblo - Stone City

 

Colorado Midland
SG / 1883 - 1922 / XX

Colorado Springs - Leadville
Leadville - Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs - Aspen
Glenwood Springs - G Junction

History on this Homepage

Colorado Northern
NG / 1883 - 1884 / MR

Longmont - Mitchell Mines

 

Colorado Railroad
SG / 1938 - 1957 / CR

Terminal RR near Pueblo

 

Colorado Springs and Interurban
-- / 1900 - 1935 / UR

Colorado Springs Tramway

 

Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District
SG / 1899 - 1922 / MR

Colorado Springs
Sth. flanks of Pikes Peak

 

Colorado Utah and Southwestern
SG / 1906 - 1919 / LR

Fraser to logging community

 

Colorado Ute Electricity Auth.
SG / ? / MR

Dawson (nr. Phippsburgh) -
Hayden Power Plant

abandoned

Colorado Yule Marble
SG / 1910 - 1942 / IR

Glenwood Springs marble quarry

 

Coors Brewery
SG / 1965 - today / IR

Coors Brewery Golden

 

Crescent Tramway
NG / /

 

 

Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs
SG / 1915 - 1921 / TR

Near Cripple Creek

 

Cripple Creek District
SG / 1897 - 1898 / MR

Near Cripple Creek

Abandoned too steep

Cripple Creek and Victor
NG / 1967 - ? / TR

Near Cripple Creek

Tourist Railroad
Rebuilt on dismantled Cripple
Creek District trackage

Crystal River and San Juan
SG / 1893 - 1942 / MR

Coal Mines near Aspen and
Carbondale

Also
Crystal River Rwy.

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RR
NG / 1971 - today / TR

Antonito - Chama

 

D

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Denver Boulder and Western
NG / 1909 - 1920 / UR

Denver

 

Denver Circle
NG / 1886 - 1898 / UR

Denver

 

Denver and Interurban
SG / 1904 - 1926 / UR

Denver - Boulder

Electric
Owned by Colorado and Southern

Denver and Intermountain
SG / 1904 - 1953 / UR

Denver - Lakewood
Denver - Golden

Successor of Denver Lakewood and Golden

Denver Golden and Morrison
--/--/--

Denver - Golden

 

Denver Lakewood and Golden
SG / 1891 - 1904 / UR

Denver - Lakewood
Denver - Golden

Bancrupt after flood
Sold to Denver Lakewood and Golden

Denver Leadville and Gunnison
NG / 1889 - 1898 /MR

Denver - Gunnison

 

Denver Laramie and Northwestern
SG / 1906 - 1917 / XX

Denver - Northbound

Planned as competitor to Union Pacific
Failed

Denver Marshall and Boulder
-- / --- / ---

--

Later Colorado and Southern

Denver and Middle Park
NG / -- / --

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Later Colorado and Southern

Denver and New Orleans
SG / 1881 - 1886 / XX

Denver - Pueblo

Sold to Denver Texas and Gulf

Denver and Northwestern
NG / 1901 - 1913 / MR

Denver - Leyden
Denver - Golden

Bought by Denver Tramway

Denver Northwestern and Pacific
SG / 1902 - 1913 / XX

Denver - Steamboad Springs

Reorganized into Denver and Salt Lake

Denver Pacific
SG / 1867 - 1880 / XX

Denver - Cheyenne

Absorbed into Union Pacific

Denver and Rio Grande
NG and SG / 1870 - 1921 / XX

Denver- Salt Lake City
Denver - Pueblo

Merged Rio Grande Western

Denver and Rio Grande Western RWY
NG and SG / 1881 - 1889

Pueblo - Salt Lake City

Merged Rio Grande Western

Denver and Rio Grande Western RR
SG / 1921 - 1983 / XX

Denver - Salt Lake City
Denver - Pueblo

Merged with Southern Pacific

Denver and Salt Lake Railroad
SG / 1912 - 1926 / XX

Denver - Craig

Successor to Moffats
Denver Northwestern and Pacific

Denver and Salt Lake Railway
SG / 1926 - 1947 / XX

Denver - Craig
Dotsero Cutoff

Successor to
Denver and Salt Lake Railroad

Denver and Scranton
NG / 1886 - 1888 / MR

Denver vicinity

 

Denver South Park and Hill Top
NG / 1896 - 1898 / MR

Denver - Fairplay

Bought by Colorado and Southern

Denver South Park and Pacific
NG / 1872 - 1889 / XX

Denver - Gunnison - Leadville

Reorganized Denver Leadville and Gunnison

Denver Texas and Fort Worth
SG / 1887 - 1890 / XX

Denver - New Mexico

Bought by Union Pacific

Denver Texas and Gulf
SG / 1886 - 1890 / XX

Denver - Pueblo

Successor of Denver and New Orleans

Denver Tramway
-- / 1867 - 1973 / UR

Denver

Ceased operating in 1950

Denver Terminal
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Later Denver Railway

Denver Utah and Pacific
NG / 1880 - 1908 / MR

Denver - Mitchell

Started building to Rollins Pass
Abandoned project (see Rollins Pass
article on this site)

Deseret Western
/ /

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Electric

Durango and Silverton
NG / 1979 - today / TR

Durango - Silverton

 

 

Last Update: Mar 1st 2008

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