Symbols:

 

Type of Railroad

CR

Cog Railway

NG

Narrow Gauge

SG

Standard Gauge

 

Purpose of Railroad

C R

Terminal (connecting) Railroad, in Industrial region

F R

Branchline Railroad built to connect with farming area

IR

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

L R

Lumber Railroad, serving lumber area

M R

Branchline Railroad built to serve mines

T R

Tourist Railroad

U R

Urban Railway, Tramway

X X

Major carrier

 

 

Q

No Entries

R

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpo se

Route

Remarks

Raton Coal and Coke Company
NG / 1886 - 1906 / IR

Mine in Starkville

 

Rawhide Shortline
SG / ???? - Today / CR

Platte River Junction (BN) - Rawhide Power Plant (north of Ft. Collins)

 

Rio Grande Junction RY
SG / / XX

Grand Junction - Glenwood Springs

Operated by Colorado Midland and Denver and Rio Grande Western

Rio Grande Pagosa and Northern RR
NG / 1899 - 1908 / LR

Pagosa Junction - Pagosa Springs
(Conecting with Denver and Rio Grande)

Bought by Denver and Rio Grande 1908

Rio Grande Pagosa Springs RR
NG / ???? - ????/ MR

Lumberton - Edith - Flaugh

Connected with Denver and Rio Grande Western West of Chama

Rio Grande Southern
NG / 1889 - 1951 / XX

Ridgway - Vance Jct. - Rico - Dolores - Mancos - Durango
Branchlines:
Ridgway - Ouray
Vance Jct. - Pandora
Rico - Black Hawk
Rico - Enterprise
Red Rock - Red Rock Quarry
May Day Jct. - May Day Mine
Hesperus - Hesperus Mine
Ute - Ute Mine

See Article on this Homepage

Rio Grande Western
SG / 1889 - 1908 / XX

Ogden - Provo - Mine Branches (Utah)
Salt Lake City - Grand Junction
Colorado Springs - Leadville - Glenwood Springs (ex Colorado Midland)
Branchlines in Utah and Colorado
to mines and quarries

Purchased 50 percent shares of Colorado Midland Ry in 1900
Merged with Denver and Rio Grande 1908

Rocky Mountain RY
SG / 1905 - 1908 / TR

Lumber Mill at Monarch Lake - Granby

Connected with Moffat Road at Granby
Mill burned in 1908

Routt County Fuel Company
NG / 1909 - 1915 / IR

Coal Mine at Oak Creek

Connected with Moffat Road

Routt Pinnacle Coal Company
SG / 1926 - 1934 / IR

Coal Mine near Lyons

Successor to Pinnacle Coal Company

Royal Gorge RR
SG / 1996 - today / TR

Royal Gorge near Canon City
on Ex-Tennessee Pass mainline

Tourist Ry operating ex Canadian F-Units in Rio Grande Single Stripe paintscheme through Royal Gorge

Royal Gorge Incline RY
NG / ???? - Today / TR

Royal Gorge near Canon City
nr. Ex-Tennessee Pass mainline

Tourist Ry leading from top down into the Royal Gorge

RUST Logging Company
NG / ???? - ???? / IR

RUST logging venture
Rust - Lumber Spur

Connected with Rio Grande Southern

S

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

St. Vrain RY
SG / 1877 - ???? / MR

Erie - St.Vrain Mine

Mule drawn carriage

San Cristobal RY
NG / 1933 - 1939 / MR

Lake City - Sapinero

 

San Luis Central RY
SG / 1913 - ???? / FR

Sugar Factory Monte Vista
Potatoe Farms

 

San Luis Southern RR
SG / 1908 - 1928 / XX

Blanca - Jaroso
(in St. Lusi Valley)

Connected to Denver and Rio Grande

San Luis Valley Southern RR
SG / 1928 - 1955 / FR

Blanca - Jaroso

Successor to San Luis Southern

San Pete Valley RY
SG / 1874 - 1908 / MR

Draper Jct. - Chester

Bought by Denver and Rio Grande 1907

Silverton RR
NG / 1887 - 1904 / MR

Silverton - Albany

 

Silverton RY
NG / 1904 - 1921 / MR

Silverton - Albany

Successor to Silverton RR

Silverton Gladstone and Northerly RR
NG / 1899 - 1915 / MR

Silverton - Gladstone

Bought by Silverton Northern RR in 1915

Silverton Northern RR
NG / 1895 - 1938 / MR

Silverton - Eureka - Animas Fork
Silverton - Gladstone (Ex SGaN)

 

Snowmass Coal Company
SG / 1981 - ???? / IR

Coal Mine at Carbondale

Connected with Denver and Rio Grande Western

Southern Colorado Power RY Company
SG / 1908 - 1909 / UR

Cokedale

Bought by Colorado Railway

Southern Pacific RR
SG / 1983 - 1997 / XX

Denver - Salt Lake City
Denver - Pueblo
Pueblo - Salt Lake City

Bought by Denver and Rio Grande Western
Name instated as Company name

Southern St. Luis Valley
SG / 1955 - 1957 / FR

Blanca - Jaroso

Successor to San Luis Valley Southern RR

Stone Mountain Quarry Company
SG / 1890 - 1895 / IR

Sandstone Quarrie above Lyons

 

T

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Texas Santa Fe and Northern RR
NG / 1880 - 1889 / XX

Espanola - Santa Fe

Went bancrupt before completion

Treasury Mountain
SG / 1909 - 1915 / MR

Marble Quarry near San Juan

 

Trinchera Estate Company
NG / 1881 - 1918 / MR

Placer - Iron Mine
Wagon Creek Jct - La Veta

 

Trinidad Electric
SG / 1903 - 1908 / MR

Trinidad - Starkville
Trinidad - Sopris
Trinidad - Cokeville

 

Trinidad Electric Transmission and Gas Company
SG / 1911 - 1950 / UR

Trinidad

 

U

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Uintah RY
NG / 1903 - 1939 / MR

Mack - Dragon

7.5 percent grades, 75 degree curves so tight
special equipment was needed.
Replaced by a pipeline in 1939

Union Pacific RR
SG / 1845 - today / XX

Denver - Salt Lake City
Denver - Pueblo
Pueblo - Salt Lake City (abandoned)
Denver - Cheyenne
Pueblo - Kansas City (abandoned)

Took over Southern Pacific in 1979

Union Pacific Denver and Gulf RY
SG / 1880 - 1899 / XX

Cheyenne - Fort Collins -Denver
Walsenburg - Trinidad

merged into Colorado and Southern

U.S. Government
SG / ???? - today / ??

Branchlines nr. Denver to weapons arsenal

 

Utah Rwy.
SG / 19XX - 2003 / XX

Helper UT - Provo, UT

Coal Carrier operating alongside D&RGW. Purchased 2003 by Genesse & Wyoming RR.

U.S. Portland Cement Company
SG / 1900 - 1927 / IR

Coal and Limestone Quarries nr. Florence

 

V

No Entries

W

no entries

X

No Entries

Y

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Yule Creek RY
NG / ???? - ???? / MR

Marble - Yule Quarry
(South of Glenwood Springs)

 

Z

No Entries

 

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