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Statewide Colorado Railroad Links

Steve Walden's Colorado Railroads weblog [est. 2006]
Colorado Rockies Narrow Gauge Circle [est. 1995]
Rocky Mountain Railroad Club [est. 1938] based in Denver
D&RGW Ski Train [1940-2009] to Winter Park
Boulder Valley Railway Historical Society [successor orgn 2011] in Boulder & Valmont, Colorado
blog of the Boulder Valley Railway Historical Society {on Tumblr}
train horns for cars & trucks - based in Durango, Colorado
Highlands Station, LLC [est. 2007] in Lakewood, Colorado
Steam Train Videos [est. 2011] by James Parfrey of Boulder, Colorado
U.P.R.R. Shortline Railroad Profiles for Colorado
Colorado Scenic Rails fansite [est. 1999]

McMillan Publications [est. 1977] of Arvada, Colorado sells hundreds of railroad history books & videos
Railroad Photos by Tom Klinger of Wheatridge, Colorado
InterMountain Railway Co. [est. 2002] multi-scale models - based in Longmont, Colorado

Northern Colorado Garden Railroaders [est. 1999]
Colorado Live Steamers [] Bijou Creek & Western RR located 40 miles east of Denver
Denver Society of Model Railroaders O Scale Club [est. 1933, to storage 2013] formerly in the basement of Denver's Union Station
HO scale Platte Valley & Western Model Railroad Club [est. 1984, to storage 2013] formerly in the basement of Denver's Union Station
Denver HO Model Railroad Club [est. 1947, relocated 1966] in the basement of the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO
The Denver & Southwestern Railroad - Donald R. Paulson's HO/HOn3 model layout based on D&RGW and RGS

                 

General Railroad Links

American Railroads Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
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May 10th is National Train Day in USA [est. 2008]

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Railroad Links within Colorado
listing of surviving steam locomotives in Colorado
Denver Rails website listing of RR attractions in Colorado
Don's Colorado Short Lines and Industrial Railroads
Rail Museums listing for Colorado

Harvey House Restaurants in Colorado {4 gone, 1 standing}

Denver Metro Regional Transportation District Light Rail [est. 1994]
includes 6 light rail lines with 46 stations and 47 miles (76 km) of track; the Denver West Light Rail Line to Golden opened 4/2013.

Colorado Railroad Museum [est. 1959] in Golden, Colorado
great collection of locomotives & rolling stock (standard- and narrow-gauge), rides every Saturday, museum exhibits & store, garden & live steam & HO layouts  Colorado Railroad Museum [est. 1959] in Golden, Colorado
Colorado Railroad Museum's YouTube Channel [est. 5/2010]

1880 Denver, Leadville & Gunnison narrow gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #191
1881 Denver & Rio Grande Western C-28 class standard gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #583/683 - in roundhouse for restoration (2015)
1881 Denver & Rio Grande Western coal-fired narrow gauge C-19 class 2-8-0 locomotive #346 - runs weekly
1890 Manitou & Pikes Peak #1 0-4-0T cog wheel steam locomotive on display in parking lot
1896 Denver & Rio Grande Western C-18 class narrow gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #318 is operative
1898 DB&W, later R.G.S. narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #30 is owned by the City of Boulder.
1899 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge 4-6-0 #20 is undergoing restoration in Strasburg, PA {2014}
1902/1928 Denver & Rio Grande Western K-37 class narrow gauge 2-8-2 Mikado locomotive #491
{in storage since 1970, signed over 6/2013, operational 8/2014!}
1920 Union Pacific #4455 0-6-0 switcher operated at the Laramie [WY] Portland Cement plant until 1965
1920 American Oil Company's #1 0-4-0T switcher operated at the Standard Oil/Amoco plant in Casper, Wyoming until 1962
1931 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge Galloping Goose #2
1934 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge freight-only Galloping Goose #6
1936 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge Galloping Goose #7 operates on some weekends
1940 Chicago Burlington & Quincy 4-8-4 locomotive #5629
1940s Golden City & San Juan centercab diesel-electric switcher #4
1971 Denver & Rio Grande Western F-9 diesels 5771 & 5762
Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge four-wheel 35-ton diesel switcher #50
U.S. Gypsum narrow gauge four-wheel diesel switcher 'Pee Wee'

rolling stock and other equipment are listed on the Railroad Museums Page

Forney Museum of Transportation [est. 1961] in Denver, Colorado
Forney Museum of Transportation [est. 1961], 4303 Brighton Blvd. in Denver, Colorado
1897 Porter 0-4-4T Forney steam locomotive (used on urban 'elevated' trains).
1906 Chicago & Northwestern Railway 4-6-0 #444 was sold in 1958 to the Black Hills Central RR, then sold again in 1968 to the Forney Museum.
1930 Henschel 0-4-0T steam locomotive arrived at the Forney Museum in 1962 {parked downstairs}.
1941 Union Pacific RR 4-8-8-4 'Big Boy' articulated steam locomotive #4005 is on display at the Forney Museum.

rolling stock and other equipment are listed on the Railroad Museums Page

Pueblo Railway Museum [est. 2003] in Pueblo, Colorado              Pueblo Railway Foundation [est. 2003] in Pueblo, Colorado
Pueblo Railway Foundation & Museum [est. 2003], 201 West B Street in Pueblo, Colorado
Pueblo Locomotive & Rail Historical Society [became P.R.F.M. in 2003]
1944 AT&SF 4-8-4 Northern steam locomotive #2912 - cosmetic restoration continues at P.R.F.M. based on funding
1951 Colorado & Wyoming GP-7 diesel locomotives #102, #103, #104 - all three are operative
D.O.T. G.E. U30C diesel locomotive #001 - stored, not operable
CF&I G.E. narrow-gauge 25-ton diesel switcher #11 'Dinky' - on loan & being restored for service
G.E. 44-ton center-cab switcher (on loan from Canon City & Royal George Scenic Railway).
single-truck Belgium Trolley #1245 - built for Brussels, Belgium; ex-Cyprus Gardens in Florida; set for use on Riverwalk line
Rohr 'Aérotrain' rail hovercraft [built 1970]  click here for recent photograph (in a new window)

rolling stock and other equipment are listed on the Railroad Museums Page

Equipment That Wanders or is On Loan

1895 narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive D&RGW #315 is operational and based in Durango
orig F&CC "Ekton" #3 1895-1915, D&RG #424 1917-24, D&RGW #315 1924-49, display 1949-2000, restored 2007
#315 is owned & operated by Durango Railroad Historical Society [est. 1998]

Locomotive 315 book by George F. Niederauer  "Locomotive 315: The Lives, Times, and Rebirth of An
1895 Steam Engine" [2005] by George F. Niederauer

Durango Railroad Historical Society 11¾x11½ hardcover [2010] out of print/used
Durango Railroad Historical Society hardcover [7/2005] out of print/used


1898 DB&W, later R.G.S. narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive bounced around until donated to the City of Boulder in 1952, painted DB&W #30,
and fenced in at a city park; moved in August 2004 to Strasburg, Colorado for restoration; moved to Denver for cosmetic work in 2007;
Boulder sued Uhrich Loco Works of Strasburg for missing parts in 2009; loco & tender & caboose moved to Colorado Railroad Museum in 2012.


1916 Westside Lumber Co., then Georgetown Loop 3-truck Shay-geared steam locomotive #14
operates at the Colorado Railroad Museum on a daily/weekly basis (2014).


1921 narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #40 worked on the Colorado Central tourist railroad [1968-1981], was leased out
to the White Pass & Yukon RR in Alaska, and now operates on occasion at the Colorado Railroad Museum.


1927 Westside Lumber Co., then Georgetown Loop 3-truck Shay-geared steam locomotive #12
operates at the Colorado Railroad Museum on a daily/weekly basis (2014).

Alamosa, Colorado
Served by the year-round San Luis & Rio Grande RR freight line and the summertime Rio Grande Scenic RR tourist steam operation.
1883 Baldwin narrow-gauge D&RG Class T-12 4-6-0 steam locomotive #169 is being restored at Cole Park in Alamosa.
'Friends of The 169' restoration group [est. 1999] {last update 2012}
narrow-gauge D&RGW business car B-1 is stored at the Pavilion in Cole Park in Alamosa.

Antonito, Colorado
northern terminus of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR, with station, gift shop, equipment repair shops, and lots of parked rolling stock;
the Rio Grande Scenic RR operates steam tourist trains from Alamosa to Antonito on Summer weekends.

Ault, Colorado
Union Pacific RR caboose #2526 sits on display.

Basalt, Colorado
Colorado Midland Depot [rebuilt 1892, restored 1976] is now Alpine Bank of Basalt.
C&S caboose #10505 is used as Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center & Museum (1993 photo).

Black Hawk, Colorado in WC Colorado
1898 outside frame narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive from Central America was on display in front of a bank in Palmer Lake, Colorado
for several years, painted as D&RG #433; purchased by a casino and moved to Black Hawk, and given 'circus' paint job and lettered
as fake Colorado Central RR #71; said to be in lousy mechanical shape.

Boone, Colorado
The Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe RR depot now serves as the Town Hall.


Boulder, Colorado in WC Colorado
Boulder's historic 1890 sandstone Union Pacific train depot was moved in 1973 and again in 2008 and is undergoing a $1M facelift
in preparation for lease as a restaurant or pub; the current location is Depot Square at Boulder Junction.
Boulder Jaycees Depot Project, 1973-99 (moved to 3151 Pearl Street)
1898 R.G.S. narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive bounced around until donated to the City of Boulder
in 1952; removed from city park for cosmetic restoration in August 2004.
Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific RR caboose #17787 is used as part of a McDonalds in Boulder.
Union Pacific RR caboose #25173 sits on private property in Boulder, repainted a wine color.
D&RG narrow-gauge wooden caboose #0401 was dynamited by vandals in Boulder’s Central Park in 1958.


Breckenridge, Colorado in Summit County, NW Colorado
1901 WP&Y rotary snowplow & its tender, and two C&S boxcars under a shed at High Line Railroad Park.
ex-C&S and former Georgetown Loop locomotive #9 (no tender) was moved to a shed at High Line Railroad Park in December 2010.
ex-Guatemala, ex Sundown & Southern RR narrow-gauge Baldwin 2-8-0 #111 also on static display at High Line Railroad Park.

Brighton, Colorado
The Union Pacific RR depot, 269 E. Bridge Street has been operated as a series of sub-standard restaurants.

Broomfield, Colorado
The 1909 Colorado & Southern-Denver & Interurban RR depot was moved across town, to 2201 W. Tenth Avenue and fixed up as the Broomfield Depot Museum.

Buena Vista, Colorado in Chaffee County, Colorado
Buena Vista Colorado Midland depot restoration & move by DSP&P Historical Society to McPhelemy Park
Buena Vista Depot Museum [opened 7/2011]
CB&Q caboose #14634 sits on display next to the Buena Vista Depot Museum, one side re-painted as Colorado Midland #425.

Burlington, Colorado in Kit Carson County, Colorado
the Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific Railroad depot is still standing, but unused.
CB&Q steel cupola caboose somewhere in Burlington, Colorado

Cañon City, Colorado in Fremont County
There was a 15-inch gauge Silver Rock Railway park kiddie ride that operated 4-2-4T gasoline-powered #65 at the Royal Gorge Bridge Park; status since the 2013 fire
is not known. An incline railway went from Royal Gorge Bridge Park to the bottom of the canyon; status since the 2013 fire is not known.
D&RGW steel caboose #01402 long sat at the Burger King, moved to Canon City Supply (312 So. Tenth Street) yard in 2006

Central City, Colorado in Gilpin County, WC Colorado
1897 narrow-gauge Colorado & Southern 2-8-0 locomotive #71 was donated to a Central City historical association in 1941; operated for some time
on the Central City tourist railway, then placed on display in front of the Reserve Casino along with Colorado & Southern RR baggage car #20.

Cimarron, Colorado in Montrose County, SW Colorado
The D&RG Narrow Gauge Trestle Historic Site is just north of Cimarron; the partial bridge displays 1882 D&RGW C-16 class
2-8-0 steam locomotive #278, 1904 D&RGW boxcar #3132, and 1886 D&RGW work caboose #0577.


Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sante Fe Depot and Harvey House [now a school]
1883 narrow-gauge D&RG/D&RGW 4-6-0 locomotive #168; retired in 1933 and donated to city in 1938; on stationary display in Antlers Park.  click here for photograph (in a new window)  GOLD STAR: announced 3/2015: the City of Colorado Springs has leased 1883 locomotive #168 to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for full restoration at their Antonito shops; restoration might be completed by Fall
The Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific Railroad Roundhouse is now used by the Colorado Springs Interurban RR Museum. The museum owns 18 streetcars, two DTC
electric trolley buses, two DTC Mack-built buses, a 70-foot Southern Pacific RR baggage car repainted with Rock Island colors, and D&RGW work caboose #01501.
The Denver & Rio Grande Depot, 10 So. Sierra Madre Street in Colorado Springs, Colorado
in use as offices and a closed restaurant Giuseppe's Depot Restaurant [1971-2011]


Como, Colorado in Park County, Colorado
Como depot restoration by DSP&P Historical Society
Como Depot Hotel & Eating House [built 1897 by C&S; restored 1977]
Como Roundhouse [built 1881, closed 1935] was registered as a National Historical Site in 1983.

Craig, Colorado
The 1909 Pullman private car Marcia of railroad tycoon David H. Moffat [1839-1911] (named for his daughter) sits on display.

Creede, Colorado
The Denver & Rio Grande RR depot at 17 Main Street now houses the Creede Historic Museum.

Cripple Creek, Colorado in Teller County, WC Colorado
1895 Midland Terminal Railway depot now serves as part of the museum.
Midland Terminal Railway passenger car #21 is the Cripple Creek Visitor Center.
Colorado & Southern RR box car 99551 houses restrooms for CC&VNGRR; next to it is D&RGW work caboose #0952 (use unknown).
There is a passenger/combine car on rails & trucks across the road from the CC&VNGRR station.

Del Norte, Colorado
The Denver & Rio Grande Western RR depot is now used by the City Clerk.


Denver, Colorado
Forney Museum of Transportation [est. 1961], 4303 Brighton Blvd. in Denver, Colorado {see detailed list above}
David Moffat's Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway built its own depot at Fifteenth and Bassett in 1902; a small boarded-up remnant still exists.
The Denver Tramway Heritage Society [est. 1989] operates Denver Tramway open-air trolley #1977 and is restoring D&IM interurban car #25.
AT&SF steel caboose #999010 is on display next to the Denver Tramway / Platte Valley Trolley line in Denver.
ex-AT&SF steel caboose #1632, later Frisco #1104 is sitting on a siding with other vintage rail cars off of Ivy Street in Denver (2006).
CB&Q wooden caboose (probably) #14219 is on display at the Highline Community School in Denver.


Divide, Colorado
boarded-up Midland Terminal Railroad station (2009).


Durango, Colorado in La Plata County
1878 D&RGW narrow-gauge private car 'Nomad' is owned by D&SNG since 1980; on display outside the Durango Station
1880 D&RGW narrow-gauge private car 'General Wm. Jackson Palmer' is owned by D&SNG since 1981; on display outside the Durango Station
1887 D&RG/RGS narrow-gauge 2-8-0 #42 is on display in Durango, Colorado.
1902/1930 Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow-gauge K-37 class 2-8-2 Mikado #498 is derelict at Durango yard
1923 Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow-gauge K-28 class 2-8-0 locomotive #473 runs daily in season
1923 Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow-gauge K-28 class 2-8-0 locomotive #478 runs daily in season
1923 Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow-gauge K-28 class 2-8-0 locomotive #476 is under repair at the Durango Museum
1882 D&RGW Durango station is in use by D&SNG.
‘new’ 15-stall roundhouse built in 1989 {8 stalls are the museum}.

Durango Railroad Historical Society [est.1999]
1895 Florence & Cripple Creek RR narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #3 'Elkton' was sold to the D&RG in 1917 and became #425, then designated
D&RGW C-18 class 2-8-0 #315 in 1924; donated to the City of Durango in 1950; taken over in 1999 by D.R.H.S. and restored in 2007; is operational.

movie mockup Tomahawk & Western Railroad #1 "Emma Sweeny" was built in 1949 by 20th Century-Fox for the film "Ticket To Tomahawk" [1950];
long history and travels; purchased from Amador County, California in 2011 and moved to Santa Rita Park in Durango; since restored for display.


Eagle, Colorado
D&RGW steel work caboose #01461 is painted yellow and on outdoor display.

Fairplay, Colorado
1914 DSP&PRR narrow-gauge 2-6-0 locomotive #22 on static display at South Park City Museum

Florence, Colorado
D&RGW depot is now used as a senior center.

Fort Collins, Colorado
The Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society [est. 1980]
operates (in season) 1919 Birney streetcar #21 and is restoring Birney streetcar #25;
equipment also includes Fairmont A4 & 1981 Fairmont A4E speeders for maintenance work.

Fort Morgan, Colorado in Morgan County, NE Colorado
1829 Great Western Sugar Company 0-4-0T 'Dinky' engine on display outside the factory.

Fountain, Colorado
AT&SF steel caboose #999606 is on diplay at a city park in Fountain.

Fowler, Colorado in Otero County, SE Colorado
The Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe RR depot still stands and is in decent shape, but appears to be unused.

Fruita, Colorado in Mesa County, West Central Colorado
historic (1910?) Grand River Valley Railway passenger car #52 recently restored for private use.

Georgetown, Colorado
1922 ex-Westside Lumber #12 Shay-geared steam locomotive #8 is at Georgetown, Colorado
replica of C&S 4-wheel wooden caboose #1012 is on display in Georgetown

Granby, Colorado in Grand County, NW Colorado
The 1901 Great Western RR depot at Loveland is being moved to Granby to house the Moffat Road Railroad Museum []
the museum also has AC&F 1905 Central Vermont passenger coach #382, a 1915 railcart shed, and 1923 U.P. caboose #2667 from Nebraska.

Greeley, Colorado in Weld County, NE Colorado
Greeley Freight Station Museum in Greeley, Colorado
full-sized Colorado & Southern wooden caboose #10583 is on display inside the G.F.S.M. building

Gunnison, Colorado
Gunnison [CO] Pioneer Museum [est. 1964] open daily May-December
Rolling stock on display includes 1882 narrow-gauge D&RGW Class C-16 2-8-0 locomotive #268 'Cinderella' {active until 1955}, D&RGW flanger #OD, a gondola,
a boxcar, a livestock car, and a caboose. The D&RG water tank was moved from Marshall Pass in 1971; the D&RG depot was moved from Sargents in 1975.

Hayden, Colorado in Routt County, NW Colorado
Hayden Heritage Center & Library, 300 W. Pearl Street (in the Old Depot)

Hermosa, Colorado in La Plata County, SW Colorado
1887 mail-baggage car 66 moved from Rockwood, Colorado in 1990s; in use as maintenance crew storage next to the water tank.

Hugo, Colorado in Lincoln County
Union Pacific Train Depot Community Center [moved to Main Street]
historic Kansas Pacific/Union Pacific Roundhouse [built 1909]
Hugo Roundhouse Preservation, Inc. non-profit [est. 2002]

Idaho Springs, Colorado
1886 Colorado & Southern RR narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #60 is on stationary exhibit

Julesberg, Colorado
former Union Pacific station is now a museum

Kremmling, Colorado
Kremmling Train Depot [built 1906, moved 2008] is at Grand County Historical Assn. Heritage Park, 4 N. Fourth Street

La Junta, Colorado in WC Colorado
former AT&SF steel caboose #999645 is now Ronald McDonald's caboose
behind the McDonald's Restaurant on Highway 50 Frontage Road in La Junta
former AT&SF steel caboose #999602 is in use as the drive-up teller office for State Bank of La Junta

Lafayette, Colorado in WC Colorado
former Rock Island wood caboose #17729 and two boxcars were part of an out-of-business BBQ resturant
Kaddy Shack Roadhouse and BBQ [closed 2006], 550 W. South Boulder Road in Lafayette, Colorado

Lamar, Colorado
1906 AT&SF 2-6-2 locomotive #1819 on display behind the Amtrak depot in Lamar Colorado.  click here for photograph (in a new window)

Larkspur, Colorado
BN wooden cupola caboose #11505 {former SL&SF #1128} is in stationary use at Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Larkspur, Colorado


Leadville, Colorado
Colorado & Southern RR narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #641 is on stationary outdoor exhibit.
brick railroad station is still standing (2009).
the old Denver, South Park & Pacific freight house is still standing (2009).
the Leadvile, Colorado & Southern tourist line has at least four cabeese in its railyard at Leadville.

Silver Rails Railroads of Leadville, Colorado book by Christopher James  "Silver Rails: The Railroads of Leadville, Colorado" [2015]
by Christopher James

Sierra Grande Press 8½x11½ hardcover [2015] out of print/used
The story of Leadville's three railroads: the Denver & Rio Grande, the Colorado Midland, and the Denver, South Park & Pacific; 400+ b/w and color images, 18 route maps, 7 historic maps, bibliography, comprehensive indexofficial book site


Limon, Colorado
Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park, 899 First Street in Limon, Colorado
yellow passenger cars #660 & #665 from the Cadillac & Lake City excursion train that ran south out of town are on display
blue office-diner car from the Cadillac & Lake City excursion train that ran south out of town is on display
1890 wooden boxcar contains the museum's saddlemaker exhibit

other equipment is listed on the Railroad Museums Page

Littleton, Colorado
The Depot Art Center & Gallery [built by AT&SF in 1888, open 1977] in Littleton, Colorado
CB&Q wood caboose 13966 is on dislay at the Depot Art Center in Littleton, Colorado

Loveland, Colorado
Buckhorn & Northern Railroad [est. 1976] 15-inch gauge kiddie ride at North Lake Park runs in the Summer.
1901 Great Western Depot in Loveland will be moved to Granby for restoration and use as museum.

Ludlow, Colorado
AT&SF caboose #999458 at Canyon del Agua, 14 miles west of Ludlow (for sale by Doug Price 219-662-1440 = 2008?)

Manitou Springs, Colorado
1890s Manitou & Pikes Peak #5 0-4-0T cog wheel steam locomotive on display at Manitou Springs Depot

Minturn, Colorado
D&RGW Depot still standing but in need of repair (2005).

Monte Vista, Colorado
The San Luis & Rio Grande RR freight line interchanges with the San Luis Central RR at Sugar Junction.
Equipment being restored here for the Denver & Rio Grande tourist line [est. 2000] include: 1920 ALCO-built Florida East Coast Railway 2-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive #148, three D&RGW box cars, two D&RGW flangers, a D&RGW gondola, the D&RGW #01423 Caboose, and two flat cars; restoration of locomotive #148 is scheduled to complete in 2016.

Morrison, Colorado & Turkey Creek
GOLD STAR: the Tiny Town Railroad has 5/8 of a mile of 15-inch gauge track, and uses: coal-fired live steam 2-6-0 locomotive #10 'Cinder Belle'; propane-fired live steam 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive #22 'Occasional Rose'; F-3 model diesel-electric engine 'Molly'; F-7 model diesel-electric engine 'Betsy'; also Tiny Town is building a diesel-powered Mason-bogie 2-6-6 quasi-steam locomotive (2013)  Tiny Town Railroad [est. 1915; open May-Sept] 7 miles south & west of Morrison, Colorado
BN steel wide-vision caboose #12210 is on display at Tiny Town Railroad in Morrison, Colorado (2006)

Niwot, Colorado in Boulder County, WC Colorado
CB&Q wooden caboose #14649 welcomes visitors to Niwot
1908 St. Joseph & Grand Island wooden caboose #48 is boarded up in a private backyard in Niwot

Old Colorado City, Colorado
Colorado Midland / Midland Terminal roundhouse at US Hwy 24 and 21st Street
taken over by Van Briggle Pottery [est. 1899] in 1950s; new tenant Carmichael Training Systems renovated building in 2009

Parker, Colorado
Denver and New Orleans Model Railroad Club is inside the old train station
D&RGW caboose #1416 is on display outside


Pueblo, Colorado
Pueblo Union Depot [built 1890, restored 2001] - privately owned, in commercial use
Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center in the old freight depot opposite Pueblo Union Depot.
Pueblo Railway Foundation & Museum [est. 2003], 201 West B Street { details above }
1923 Pullman Colorado Fuel & Iron Co. Mine Rescue Car #1 is restored & on exhibit   click here for photograph (in a new window)
at Steelworks Center of The West [est. 2000, renamed 2014] in Pueblo, Colorado
1944 homebuilt C & S caboose #10610 is on outdoor display at a Pueblo city park.


Ridgway, Colorado in Ouray County, SW Colorado
Ridgway Railroad Museum [est. 1998] in Ridgway, Colorado
exhibits include restored Motor No. 1, Galloping Goose #4, gondola, stock car, box car, work car, business car & caboose
Ouray County Railroad Days [Sept 2013] in Ridgway, Colorado

Rocky Ford, Colorado in Otero County, SE Colorado
The Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe RR depot now houses the Chamber of Commerce.

Rollinsville, Colorado in Gilpin County
Burlington Railroad steel caboose near U.P. RR milepost 41.77 at Rollinsville {residence of writer Rev. Forrest Whitman}

Salida, Colorado in Chaffee County, Colorado
Koppers Co. Railways 0-4-0T steam locomotive #40 sits on display at the Salida Visitors Center,
along with narrow-gauge D&RGW RR wood work caboose #0576.

Silver Plume, Colorado in Clear Creek County, Colorado
Georgetown Loop RR's Colorado & Southern locomotive #9 was moved to Breckenridge, Colorado in December 2010.
1921 narrow-gauge ex-Guatemala Railway 2-8-0 #44 worked on the Colorado Central from 1968 to 1973, when it was moved to Silver Plume
for repairs; then stored at a Georgetown park, then moved back to Silver Plume in May 2000.
C&S 4-wheel wooden caboose #1006 is on display in downtown Silver Plume
wooden narrow-gauge D&RGW caboose #0586 is on display at the Georgetown Loop Railroad Depot in Silver Plume

Silverton, Colorado
1880 D&RG #17 / SM #1005 4-wheel caboose is being restored.
1882 Silverton D&RGW station is in use by D&SNG.
1895 Silverton Northern engine house is still standing.
1902/1928 Baldwin narrow-gauge K-37 class 2-8-2 Mikado locomotive #493 is on display in the Silverton freight yard.
Silverton Northern railcar 'Casey Jones' is at Silverton Yard (owned by the San Juan County Historical Society)  click here for photograph (in a new window)

Strasburg, Colorado in Adams & Arapahoe counties
Strasburg Union Pacific Railroad Depot [built 1917] & wide-view UPRR caboose painted yellow
Uhrich Locomotive Works, 56769 Railroad Street in Strasburg, Colorado 80136
1998 Denver & Rio Golden locomotive #463 (Uhrich 15-inch gauge) - last operation 2005; indoor storage at Uhrich  click here for small 2005 photograph (in a new window)

South Fork, Colorado
old water tank next to Highway 160 on east side of town (per photo 2008)
the new D&RGW tourist line is using a silver 5-passenger gasoline speeder, possibly a former mail truck  click here for photograph at Wagon Wheel Gap (in a new window)

Trinidad, Colorado
1906 Brooks C&S/CB&Q standard-gauge 2-8-0 steam locomotive #638 is on display at Trinidad City Hall  click here for photograph (in a new window)
green C&S standard-gauge passenger coach behind engine #638
C&S standard-gauge wooden caboose #10507 (ex-C&S #209) is on display in Trinidad
1966 steel wide vision caboose BN #10162 (ex-GN X102) on blocks at Maniscalco Brothers & Sons Salvage in Trinidad
1969 steel wide vision caboose BN #10071 (ex-GN X151) was at Maniscalco Brothers & Sons Salvage in Trinidad


Valmont, Colorado is five miles east of Boulder, Colorado
Boulder Valley Railway Historical Society's Valmont Yard contains:
1913 ex-Oregon Short Line, ex-UP wooden caboose #3605 - purchased by private party in 1966, donated in 2001;  click here for photograph (in a new window)
repainted yellow and put on blocks for yard office service.
1954 Public Service Company of Colorado G.E. 80-ton diesel locomotive #14
1955 Great Western Railway GP-9 diesel locomotive #296
1980 BN wide-vision steel caboose #12300 painted green with yellow ends was donated by BNSF in 2001.
Colorado & Southern ng coach #543 (partly restored)
Colorado & Southern ng boxcar #1771
UP gondola #908372; a steam crane {identity unknown}; and a speeder & track crane set


Victor, Colorado in Teller County, WC Colorado
Victor Interurban Railway trolley car sits on display in a city park and is being restored (roof is already done).

Wagon Wheel Gap, Colorado
Somewhere along Highway 149 between South Fork and Creede, Colorado; the 2-story Wagon Wheel Gap depot is restored
and in use as a private residence; a Chesapeake & Ohio RR caboose sits alongside.

Walsenburg, Colorado in Huerfano County, SE Colorado
The Colorado & Southern RR depot houses the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce [est. 1988; website hijacked],
with D&RGW RR work caboose #01441 on display outside.

Westcliffe, Colorado
Denver & Rio Grande Western RR work caboose #01435 sits on display downtown.


Class 1 Railroads of Colorado
The seven Class I railroads of America are a monopoly: their combined sales revenue is 91% of all U.S. rail freight traffic.
The U.S. railroad industry took in over $69 billion in revenue in 2012.

Union Pacific Railroad logo
Union Pacific Railroad
[est. 1862, U.P./S.P. merger Sept. 1996]

Union Pacific Railroad entry at Wikipedia
Union Pacific Historical Society [est. 1984]
Union Pacific Railroad Museum [opened 2003] in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad herald Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad ad logo
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
[est. 1849 & 1859; 1960 merger of Great Northern, Northern Pacific, CB&Q;
1970 merger with SP&S, Pacific Coast RR to form Burlington Northern;
Frisco merger 1980; merger of BN & SF Sept. 1995; purchased by
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for $44 billion in November 2009]

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway entry at Wikipedia
Burlington Northern Railroad entry at Wikipedia
Friends of The Burlington Northern RR Historical Society [est. 1992]
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway entry at Wikipedia
Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society [est. 1994]

older Amtrak Passenger Service logo        new Amtrak Passenger Service logo
Amtrak Passenger Service [est. May 1971]
official websiteWikipedia

Amtrak's California Zephyr route from Chicago thru Colorado, Utah, and Nevada to California includes stations/stops at
Denver, Fort Morgan, Fraser-Winter Park, Glenwood Springs, Granby, and Grand Junction.
Amtrak California Zephyr {Chicago thru Denver & Utah to San Francisco Bay}

Amtrak's Southwest Chief route from Chicago thru Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona to California includes stations/stops at
La Junta, Lamar, and Trinidad in Colorado, then over Raton Pass to New Mexico.
Amtrak Southwest Chief {Chicago thru SE Colorado & NE New Mexico to Los Angeles}


Shortline & Historic Railroads
of Colorado

'list of Colorado railroads' entry at Wikipedia
TrainWeb / Tourist Railways / Colorado website got hacked {2017}
U.P.R.R. Shortline Railroad Profiles for Colorado

OmniTRAX [est. 1986; Denver-based] operates 18 regional & short line railroads in 12 states and in 3 provinces of Canada


major railroad entries below:
Colorado & SouthernCumbres & Toltec ScenicDenver & Rio Grande Western
Durango & Silverton narrow-gaugeF & GL & MRio Grande ScenicRio Grande Southern

Buckhorn & Northern Railroad [est. 1976]
15-inch gauge kiddie ride at North Lake Park owned by City of Loveland and operated by Loveland Lions Club [est. 1920]
during the Summer; 1976-built 2-4-4T engine #76 is gasoline-powered.

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy herald
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
[est. 1848, merged into Burlington Northern in 1970]
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad 'Rock Island' herald
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific 'Rock Island' Railroad [1852-1980]
During 1889, the Rock Island built from Liberal, Kansas to Colorado Springs, and made a deal to use D&RGW track south to Pueblo and northward
past Denver; Rock island also made a deal in 1899 to use Union Pacific tracks from Limon, Colorado to Denver. Rock Island competed with
CB&Q's Zephyr passenger trains with the Rocky Mountain Rocket between Chicago and Denver.

no official website • entry at Wikipedia

Colorado Central Rail Road herald
Colorado Central Rail Road [1868-1890]
Twelve miles of standard-gauge track was constructed from Denver to Golden in 1868; by February 1873, 24 miles of narrow-gauge track was extended west from Golden to Floyd Hill; boardroom infighting slowed progress until 1877 when W.A.H. Loveland regained control; the line split at Forks, with one branch serving Black Hawk and Central City, the other reaching Idaho Springs, Georgetown, and Silver Plume; merged with the Cheyenne & Northern Railway in 1890 to form the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf Railway, which merged with other railroads in 1898 to form the Colorado & Southern Railway, and renamed the C&S Clear Creek Division.
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

Colorado Central Rail Road book by Dell A. McCoy, Robert W. McLeod & Dan Abbott  
"Colorado Central Rail Road: Golden, Central City, Georgetown" [2007]
by Dell A. McCoy, Robert W. McLeod & Dan Abbott

Sundance Publns hardcover [10/2007] out of print/used


Colorado Central narrow-gauge Railroad [1968-1981]
Operated over the ex-C&S right of way at Central City, Colorado; began with locomotive #44 in August 1968 (short season},
added locomotive #40 in 1969; after the 1981 shutdown, equipment was moved to Silver Plume.

Colorado Eastern Railway [1888-1894]
Colorado Eastern Railroad [1894-1915]
Narrow Gauge East from Denver / The Colorado Eastern Railroad book by P.R. Griswold & John C. Newell  
"Narrow Gauge East From Denver: The Colorado Eastern Railroad
- Colorado's Most-Obscure Narrow Gauge" [1982]
by John C. Newell & P.R. 'Bob' Griswold

Pruett Publng Co. 8¼x5¼ pb [9/82] out of print/used

Colorado & Eastern Railroad [circa 1980s]
used many ex-CB&Q diesel-electric switchers

color Colorado Midland Railway herald
Colorado Midland Railway [1883-1918]
The Colorado Midland 'Pike's Peak Route' began in 1883 as the first standard-gauge line over the Continental Divide; the route was made easier by the Hagerman Tunnel in 1887 and again by the lower Busk-Ivanhoe Tunnel in 1891. The company went bankrupt in 1917 and was sold at auction; war materiel routed over the line proved to be too much to handle, so the U.S. Railroad Administration took away all outside freight; the company collapsed in 1918 and sold off portions of the 338-mile line and abandoned everything west of Divide.
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

RS's Colorado Midland history website & model train layout {last update 2006}

Colorado Midland Railroad Historical Society

The Midland Route book by Edward M. 'Mel' McFarland  "Midland Route: A Colorado Midland Guide and Data Book" [1980]
by Edward M. 'Mel' McFarland

Colorado Railroad Museum 2nd Edition 11x8¾ hardcover [1985] out of print/used
Pruett Publng 11½x8¾ hardcover [1980] out of print/used
Colorado Midland Railway Through the Divide book by Dan Abbott  
"Colorado Midland Railway: Daylight Through The Divide" [1989]
by Dan Abbott

Sundance Publns 11x8¾ hardcover [6/89] out of print/used
Legacy of the Colorado Midland Railroad memoir by Earl V. Elmont  "Basalt and The Frying Pan: Legacy of The Colorado Midland Railroad" [2004]
by Earl V. Elmont

The author was born and raised in Basalt, Colorado; even after the Frying Pan Road was built, valley residents travelled to Colorado Springs on the frequent trains of the Colorado Midland.
W.H.O. Press 8¾x6 pb [5/2004] out of print/used

Colorado & South-Eastern Railroad [1903-1951]
The C&SE was owned by Victor-American Fuel Company and operated 6¼ miles of their own rails between Barnes and Delagua,
and leased 14½ miles of the Colorado & Southern from Delagua to Ludlow and Trinidad. In 1932 they owned 3 locomotives.

first Colorado & Southeastern Railway Company []
second Colorado & Southeastern Railroad [?-1939]
Colorado Railroad [1939-1957]
1911 McGuire-Cummings electric express motor #1; built for Fox & Illinois Union, rebuilt with a gas engine in 1932, sold to CRR in 1939.

early/fancy Colorado & Southern Railway logo        simple b&w Colorado & Southern Railway herald
Colorado & Southern Railway [1890-1981]
Formed in 1890 by merger of the Colorado Central RR and the Denver, South Park & Pacific RR; absorbed the Denver, Leadville & Gunnison Railway and other bankrupt lines in 1898; the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad bought control of the C&S in 1908, operating it independently until 1981. CB&Q began abandoning and selling off or scrapping the narrow-gauge lines from 1910; the last C&S narrow-gauge freight was in August 1943. The standard-gauge lines were expanded to reach from Wyoming to Dallas, Texas; the name & standard-gauge equipment continued in use until CB&Q was merged into Burlington Northern in 1981. The Georgetown Loop was rebuilt in the 1980s and operates as a summertime tourist line.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_and_Southern_Railway
Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge RR Historical Society
http://www.historycolorado.org/researchers/colorado-southern-railway-company-mss-1219
DL's S-scale C&S model layout

"C & S n g: Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge" [1981] by Mallory Hope Ferrell
Pruett Publng 11x8½ hardcover [1981] out of print/used

Up Clear Creek / Modeling the Colorado & Southern book by Harry W. Brunk  "Up Clear Creek On The Narrow Gauge: Modeling The Colorado & Southern" [1990]
by Harry W. Brunk

a series of 54 articles from Narrow Guage & Short Line Gazette reporting on construction of the author's HOn3 scale model railroad, the Union Central and Northern, which was based on the Clear Creek District of the 3-foot gauge Colorado & Southern Railroad that ran from Golden, Colorado, to just beyond Silver Plume
Benchmark Publns 11x8½ hardcover [1990] out of print/used
sequel "More Up Clear Creek On The Narrow Gauge" [2010] by Harry W. Brunk
less 'how to' book and more history and motivation; 88 further articles from bi-monthly Narrow Guage & Short Line Gazette
Benchmark Publns 11½x8½ hardcover [2010] out of print/used

Colorado and Southern Memory of the Standard Gauge book by Ross B. Grenard  "Colorado & Southern: A Personal Memory of The Standard Gauge" [1991]
by Ross B. Grenard

Andover Junction Publns pb [6/91] for $12.34
Andover Junction Publns 11¼x8½ pb [1996] out of print/used
C&S High Line Memories book by Tom Klinger  "C & S High Line Memories - and Then Some" [2004]
by Tom & Denise Klinger, many photographs by A.A. Anderson

covers primarily South Park, Como, Boreas Pass, Breckenridge, Ten Mile Canyon, Fremont Pass, and Leadville; 350 b&w photos of mountain railroading on the narrow gauge C&S South Park High Line during the career of C&S fireman and engineer A.A. Anderson from 1909 to 1943
Johnson Printing 9x6½ hardcover [2004] out of print/used
author's booksite {SOLD OUT!}
Colorado and Southern Railway Clear Creek Narrow Gauge book from Images of America  
"Colorado and Southern Railway: Clear Creek Narrow Gauge (Images of Rail)"
[2004] by Allan C. Lewis

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [10/2004] for $19.79
Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge DVD  "Colorado and Southern Narrow Gauge" DVD [2006]
B&w footage from the 1940s by Otto Perry & Woodrow Gorman; dramatic b&w scenes on the Clear Creek Line at Idaho Springs and on the Black Hawk/Central branches; footage on the last remnant of the South Park Line from Leadville to Climax, just prior to standard gauging; and modern color footage of the rebuilt Georgetown Loop; also vintage photos.
CustomFlix DVD [7/2006] for $24.95
C&S Platte Canyon Memories book by Tom Klinger  "C&S Platte Canyon Memories & Then Some" [2007]
by Tom & Denise Klinger

Documents the history of the Colorado & Southern narrow gauge line from Denver, over Kenosha Pass to Como, the Como-Alma Subdivision, and the Como-Breckenridge line over Boreas Pass.
Johnson Printing 11x8¼ hardcover [2007] out of print/used
author's booksite
Narrow Gauge Railroading in the San Juan Triangle book by Ridgway Railroad Museum Staff  "Narrow Gauge Railroading In The San Juan Triangle: The Rio Grande Southern, The Ouray Branch of The D&RG, and Otto Mears’ Silverton RR" [2013]
by Ridgway [CO] Railroad Museum Staff

numerous b&w historical photographs; ISBN 978-0-9800603-4-8 {not on Amazon, 2016}
Ridgway RR Museum 11x8½ pb [2/2013] for $19.95 + s/h
C&S Clear Creek District Memories book by Tom Klinger  "C&S Clear Creek District Memories & Then Some [2016]
by Tom & Denise Klinger

covers the C&S narrow gauge route west of Denver, Colorado to Golden, Idaho Springs, Georgetown, and Silver Plume; 350 b&w photos and over 50 paper items (company correspondence, brochures, tickets, time tables), maps, etc.
book not found on Amazon (2016)
author's booksite

Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek Railway [1897-1919]
The 40-mile-long narrow-gauge Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad was built northward from the Denver & New Orleans Railroad in 1893-94; the standard-gauge Midland Terminal Railway was built southward from the Colorado Midland at Divide from 1893-95. At first the two companies were competitive, but when they bagan acting as a monopoly, raising shipping rates arbitrarily, the mill owners in Colorado Springs formed the standard-gauge Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek Railway (known as 'The Short Line'), and rates quickly fell. The Cripple Creek District Railway Company built a 6.25-mile electric railroad between Cripple Creek and Victor in 1897. The CS&CCRR added the term 'District Railroad' in 1899 (by absorbing the electric line?); rails were extended into Colorado Springs in 1901. The Colorado & Southern operated the CS&CCDRR from 1904 to 1911, then leased the line to the F&CC in 1911 and to the Midland Terminal in 1915. The loss of the Bear Creek bridge to a flood in 1918 ended operations, and the line was sold for scrap in 1920. (Local rancher & mine owner W.D. Corley bought the railroad, tore up the tracks for scrap, and put toll booths on either end - calling it the Corley Mountain Highway. It was very popular and he made as much as $400 per day at $1 per car. His special use permit expired in 1939, and the U.S. Forest Service renamed it the Gold Camp Road; several tunnels have collapsed so the road is no longer completely driveable).
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

Shortline To Cripple Creek article by Tivis E. Wilkins  "Shortline To Cripple Creek: The Story of The Colorado Springs and
Cripple Creek District Railway" [1983]
Cover article by Tivis E. Wilkins in the Colorado Rail Annual #16

Colorado Railroad Museum 11x8½ hardcover [11/83] out of print/many used

logo/herald for Colorado Springs & Interurban Railway Company in Colorado
Colorado Springs and Interurban Railway Company [1897-1919]
Began as horsecar service in 1887 and was electrified in 1890; several name changes and a merger produced the Colorado Springs and Interurban Railway Company in 1902.
Ridership peaked in 1911; by 1916, the company had 38 miles of track, 56 motorcars, and 13 unpowered 'trail' cars. The trolleys were replaced by buses from 1931, and
the last electrified run was in April 1932
• no official website • entry at Wikipedia


logo/header for Colorado Springs Trolley Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation [est. 1982]
Currently operates the Colorado Springs & Interurban Railway Museum at 2333 Steel Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado and are negotiating a move to larger space at the railyard. They own 18 streetcars, two DTC electric trolley buses, two DTC Mack-built buses, a 70-foot railroad baggage car, and other equipment. They are currently restoring 1901 CS&IR streetcar #48, 1901 CS&IR streetcar #59, and 1919 Fort Collins Municipal Railway Birney streetcar #22 (repainted as Colorado Springs #135, almost completed). The website includes a .PDF file with their business plan for operation of regular trolley service in Downtown Colorado Springs • official website • no entry at Wikipedia

{very rough} Colorado & Wyoming Railway b&w herald
Colorado & Wyoming Railway [est. 1894]
switching line on about five miles of track inside the ERVAZ Oregon Steel Mills facility in Pueblo, Coloradoentry at Wikipedia
1951 Colorado & Wyoming GP-7 diesel locomotives #102, #103, #104 are in regular use at Pueblo Railway Museum since 2003.

CC&VNGRR logo/herald from another website
Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad [est. 1967]
2-foot gauge tourist/heritage steam railroad based in Cripple Creek, Colorado at the 1894 railroad station (moved from Anaconda to Bull Hill to CC);
trains leave every 40 minutes (in season) on a four-mile round trip; locomotives include a 1902 0-4-4-0 Mallet articulated, a 1927 0-4-0T, and a 1936 0-4-0,
plus a diesel-electric work engine; a 1947 0-4-4-0T Mallet is being restored.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

color photos by Chris Guenzler {140+ on three pages} of his July 2009 excursion on the CC&VNGRR


Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad [built 1880; incorp. 1974]
The narrow-gauge Denver & Rio Grande Railroad San Juan Extension of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway was constructed in 1880,
thru Antonito, Colorado and over Cumbres Pass to Chama, New Mexico and beyond. Passenger service ended in 1951; the discovery of oil and gas
in northwest New Mexico revived the railroad's freight business in the early 1950s. The line was about to be scrapped in 1970 when the State of Colorado
and the State of New Mexico agreed to purchase the line for preservation as a tourist attraction. The 64-mile route is the longest operating
narrow-gauge trackage in America, and the winding route crosses the CO-NM border 11 times.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad [est. 1981]

               

more details on the C&TSRR (history, loco roster, route, books & videos, photos)
are on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Page


Denver, Boulder and Western Railroad [1909-1919]
Narrow-gauge operation founded as Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific Railroad in 1883; destroyed by flooding in 1894; rebuilt as Colorado & North Western Railroad [1894-1909]; reorganized as Denver, Boulder & Western Railroad in 1909; scrapped in 1920. Motive power included 2-6-0 locomotive #1, Climax-geared locomotive #2, two-truck Shay-geared #25, and 2-8-0 locomotives #30, #31, #32 & #33; initials painted on tender of park-sited R.G.S. #30 in 2004. Stations were Boulder, Orodell, Crisman, Salida, Wall Street, Copper Rock, and Sunset; east branch went to Ox Bow Curve, Mont Alto, Gold Hill Station, Puzzler, Bloomerville, Francis & Ward; west branch went to Sugarloaf, Tungsten, Glacier Lake (siding & wye), Bluebird, Anson, Cardinal, Sulphide & Eldora. Portions of the rail route exist today as hiking & biking trails.'Switzerland Trail' entry at Wikipedia

4/2011 article in the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper

Switzerland Trail of America book by Forest Crossen  "The Switzerland Trail of America" [orig 1962, rev 1978] by Forest Crossen
packed with 375 photos of the narrow-gauge railroads that ran west of Boulder, Colorado
between 1883 and 1919 - the Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific; the Colorado & Northwestern;
and the Denver, Boulder & Western

Robinson Press 10¾x8½ pb [6/92] out of print/used
Robinson Press hardcover [1962] out of print/used
Pruett Press hardcover [1962] out of print/used

Denver and Inter-Mountain Railroad [1893-1950]
Founded by William A.H. Loveland [1826-94] as the Denver, Lakewood & Golden Railroad in 1893; second route thru Arvada added in 1902;
converted to electric power and reorganized as the Denver and Inter-Mountain Railroad trolley line in 1909; ceased operation in 1950.

Right-of-way is in use by the Denver West Light Rail Line to Golden, which opened 4/2013.

b&w herald of the short-lived Denver, Leadville & Gunnison Railway
Denver, Leadville and Gunnison Railway [1889-1898]
The bankrupt narrow-gauge Denver, South Park & Pacific RR [1872-89] was reorganized as the Denver, Leadville & Gunnison
Railway in 1889; DL&G was merged into the Colorado & Southern Railway in 1898.

Denver and New Orleans Railroad Company [1881-1890]
The Denver & New Orleans Railroad was founded in 1881 by David Moffat, Gov. John Evans, and others; completed to Pueblo, Colorado in July 1882;
extended as the Denver, Texas and Fort Worth Railroad to build south from Pueblo, Colorado; linked with the Fort Worth & Denver City Railway Company at the New Mexico-Texas border in 1888; consolidated with the Colorado Central Railroad and the Cheyenne & Northern Railway to form the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf Railroad in 1890; separated when Union Pacific went bankrupt in 1893; merged with the Denver, Leadville and Gunnison Railway and other lines into the Colorado and Southern Railway in 1898. (C&S was bought by Chicago, Burlington & Quincy in 1908; all narrow-gauge operations were closed by 1943; the C&S ran independently until 1981.)

no official website • entry at Wikipedia

Denver & New Orleans HO-scale Model Railroad Club [est. 1988] in Parker, Colorado

Denver & New Orleans In the Shadow of the Rockies book by James R. Jensen  "Denver & New Orleans: In The Shadow of The Rockies"
[1997] by James R. 'Jim' Jensen

Sundance Publns hardcover [1997] out of print/used

Denver Pacific Railway and Telegraph Company [1867-1880]
The Denver Pacific Railway was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1867 to connect with the Union Pacific at Cheyenne, Wyoming; the 100-mile route
was constructed from May 1868 to June 1870; the DPRRR was absorbed along with the Kansas Pacific into the Union Pacific in 1880.

no official website • Denver Pacific entry at Wikipedia


Denver and Rio Grande Railroad [est. 2000]
Tourist railroad in South Fork, Colorado that operates two motorcars on the old D&RGW railroad line from Memorial Day thru October.
official website • no entry at Wikipedia

more details on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad [1870-1988] Page

early-style Denver & Rio Grande Railroad herald         old-style Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad logo        modern-style b&w Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad herald
narrow-gauge Denver & Rio Grande Railroad [1870-1901]
Utah-based Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway [1880-1889]
Rio Grande Western Railway [1889-1901]
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad [1901 merger-1988 S.P. merger]
no official website • D&RGW RR entry at Wikipedia

more details on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad [1870-1988] Page


Denver Rock Island Railroad [est. 1993]
switching line in Colorado over approx. ten miles of track between Commerce City and Denver
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Moffat Tunnel Route herald [1928-47] of the Denver & Salt Lake Railway        logo for Denver & Salt Lake Railway Historical Society [est. 1998]        logo for Rollins Pass Restoration Assn. [est. 1983]
Denver and Salt Lake Railway
Founded as the Denver, North Western & Pacific Railway in 1902 by David Moffat and others, with plans to build a tunnel under the Continental Divide. Moffat died in 1911; the DNW&P foundered in 1912 and was reformed as the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad (reporting mark D&SL), then renamed the Denver and Salt Lake Rail-way in 1926. The 6.2-mile-long Moffat Tunnel was begun in 1923 and completed in February 1928, cutting the rail route to Salt Lake City by 33 miles (of four-percent grade). The D&RGW merged with D&SL in 1947, thereby gaining control of the Moffat Tunnel; that merger ended use of the D&SL name. Most of the D&SL trackage is in use today by Union Pacific.
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

Denver & Salt Lake Railway Historical Society [est. 1998]D&SLRHS biblio- & video-graphy page
Rollins Pass Restoration Assn. [est. 1983] based in Longmont, Colorado

further details of Moffat's many railroads, including DPR, DSP&P, D&NO, D&RG, DL&G, DNW&P, F&CC, and D&SL
are on the David H. Moffat [1839-1911] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore
including a detail section on The Moffat Tunnel

The Giant's Ladder book by Harold Boner  
"The Giant's Ladder" [1962] by Harold A. Boner
Kalmbach Publng hardcover [1962] out of print/used
Rails That Climb / History of the Moffat Road book by Edward Taylor Bollinger  "Rails That Climb: A Narrative History of The Moffat Road" [orig 1950, rev 1971 & 1979]
by Edward T. Bollinger & Frederick Bauer, Edited by William C. Jones

Colorado Railroad Museum 11¼x9 hardcover [12/79] out of print/many used
Swallow Press 11¼x9 hardcover [1962] out of print/many used
Ohio Univ Press hardcover [1981] out of print/used
Swallow Press hardcover [1971] out of print/used
Sage Books 9x6½ hardcover [1971] out of print/used
Sage Books hardcover [1971] out of print/used

Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railroad book by P.R. Griswold  "David Moffat's Denver, Northwestern and Pacific: The Moffat Road" [1995]
by P.R. Griswold

A companion to Griswold's "Denver and Salt Lake Railroad" book {below}
Rocky Mountain RR Club 10¾x8¼ hardcover [6/95] out of print/used
Denver and Salt Lake Railroad book by P.R. Griswold  "The Denver and Salt Lake Railroad, 1913-1926" [1996]
by P.R. Griswold

A companion to Griswold's prior "Denver, Northwestern & Pacific" book
Rocky Mountain RR Club 11x8¾ hardcover [6/96] out of print/used
The Moffat Line book by John A. Sells  "The Moffat Line: David Moffat's Railroad Over & Under The Continental Divide" [2011] by John A. Sells
Kindle Edition from iUniverse [9/2011] for $9.99
iUniverse Publng 9x6 pb [9/2011] for $12.56
iUniverse Publng 9x6 hardcover [9/2011] for $21.56


Car #715: D&SLRR Pullman coach [built 1906] is on display at The Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, Colorado

Car #743: Pullman buffet-library car number #604 of the Western Pacific Railroad [built 1910] was transferred to the D&RG circa 1914-15 and
renumbered 983; rebuilt into present baggage configuration in 1920 and renumbered D&RG 733; renumbered 743 in 1924; retired in 1967.
Car #745: Pullman baggage car number #600 of the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad [built 1929] was renumbered Denver & Rio Grande Western #745
in 1948; retired in 1967. Both cars #743 and #745 were moved to Perris, California in 1985 and rebuilt as the Middleton Museum of Toy Trains & Americana
(which is part of the Orange Empire Railway Museum).

The 1909 Pullman private car Marcia of railroad tycoon David H. Moffat [1839-1911] - named for his daughter - sits on display in Craig, Colorado.


Denver, South Park & Pacific RR 'South Park Line' herald
Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad [1872-89]
Constructed as a narrow-gauge route from Denver to South Platte, Buffalo Creek, Bailey, Garo, Fairplay & Alta (spur), Trout Creek Pass, Buena Vista
(spur), to Pitkin & Gunnison - a distance of 208 miles; branches ran 30-ish miles to Leadville and another for 7 miles to Morrison. Went bankrupt in 1889
and reorganized as the Denver, Leadville & Gunnison Railway; DL&G was merged into the Colorado & Southern Railway in 1898.

no official website • DSP&PRR entry at Wikipedia

The Denver, South Park & Pacific Historical Society [est. 1999?] based in Buena Vista, Colorado
DSP&PRR & Alpine Tunnel Chronology at Narrow Gauge Circle
Alpine Tunnel [1882-1910] entry at Wikipedia

Denver South Park and Pacific book by M.C. Poor  "Denver, South Park and Pacific" [orig 1949, rev 1976] by M.C. Poor
The original 1949 edition was followed by a Pictorial Supplement in 1959 by R.H. Kindig,
E.J. Haley & M.C. Poor; the paperbound Supplement was abridged

Rocky Mountain Railroad Club 11x8¾ hardcover [1976] out of print/used
Rocky Mountain Railroad Club Memorial Edition hardcover [1976] out of print/used
The Mineral Belt books by David S. Digerness  "The Mineral Belt: An Illustrated History" in 3 volumes [1977-82]
by David S. Digerness

"Volume 1: Old South Park - Denver To Leadville" [1977]
Sundance Books 11x8¼ hardcover [1977] out of print/many used
Sundance Books 9x6½ hardcover [1981] out of print/used
"Volume 2: Old South Park - Across The Great Divide" [1978]
Sundance Books 9x6½ hardcover [1978] out of print/used
Volume 3 [1982] is about the Georgetown area

South Park Line (Denver, South Park & Pacific) book by Mallory Hope Ferrell  "The South Park Line" [2004] by Mallory Hope Ferrell
368 pages, with complete rosters, b&w photographs, diagram sheets & drawings
Hundman Publng 11¼x8½ hardcover [2004] out of print/used

Denver Tramway Corp. [1886-1971]
Public transportation system of 3-foot 6-inch gauge founded by David Moffat, Gov. Evans, and others in 1886; streetcar operations ceased in 1950, replaced by electric and gas buses. Company sold out to the City & County of Denver in 1971; Denver Metro Transit was absorbed by creation of the Regional Transit District in 1974.

Denver Tramway Heritage Society herald/logo        logo for Platte Valley Trolley [est. 1989] of the Denver Tramway Heritage Society
The Denver Tramway Heritage Society [] is restoring some of the Denver Tramway Corp. trolley cars, and operates across the river
from Downtown Denver as the Platte Valley Trolley [est. 1989] on weekends, May to October.


Deseret Power Railroad formerly Deseret Western Railway [est. 1984]
The Deseret Power Railroad is a single-purpose railway that hauls coal from mines near Rangely, Colorado for about 25 miles
to the Utah border and another 10 miles to the Bonanza Power Plant, northwest of Bonanza, Utah.
Deseret Power official websiteentry at Wikipedia

herald of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad [est. 1881; sold off by D&RGW in 1981]
A narrow-gauge heritage railroad that operates on 45 miles (72 km) of track between the mining towns of Silverton and Durango
in SW Colorado; owned by American Heritage Railways of Durango. A subsidiary called the Animas River Railway [1988-1990]
operated a diesel railbus service for fishermen & hikers out of Rockwood, Colorado.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

gasoline motorcar rides are available, based in Hermosa Yard (north of Durango)

Durango Railroad Historical Society [est. 1999]

yearwhytename/numberhistorydisposition/status
1923ng K-28 2-8-2 Mikado#473D&RG 1923-24, D&RGW 1924-81, D&SNG 1981-todayoperating daily (in season)
1923ng K-28 2-8-2 Mikado#476D&RG 1923-24, D&RGW 1924-81, D&SNG 1981-todayawaiting repairs at Durango
1923ng K-28 2-8-2 Mikado#478D&RG 1923-24, D&RGW 1924-81, D&SNG 1981-todayunder repair at Durango
1925 ng K-36 2-8-2 Mikado#480D&RGW 1925-1970, D&SNG 1981-todayoperating daily
1925 ng K-36 2-8-2 Mikado#481D&RGW 1925-??, D&SNG 1981-todayoperating daily
1925 ng K-36 2-8-2 Mikado#482D&RGW 1925-1970, C&TS 1970-91, D&SNG 1991-todayoperating daily
1925 ng K-36 2-8-2 Mikado#486D&RGW 1925-1962, display 1967-99, D&SNG 1999-todayoperating daily
1902/1928ng K-37 2-8-2 Mikado#493D&RG 1902-24, D&RGW 1924-81, D&SNG 1981-1999on display at Silverton yard
1902/1930ng K-37 2-8-2 Mikado#498D&RG 1902-24, D&RGW 1924-81, D&SNG 1981-1999derelict at Durango yard
1902/1930ng K-37 2-8-2 Mikado#499D&RG 1902-24, D&RGW 1924-70, D&SNG 1981-99, on display 1999-presenton display at Cañon City
1957ng 50-ton diesel#1 centercabArkansas Limestone RRin service
1975ng 87-ton diesel#7 centercabAlgoma Steel in Michiganin service
19??ng 90-ton diesel#9 centercabacquired 3/2006in service
19??ng 98-ton diesel#11 centercabacquired 3/2006 from U.S. Steelin service
198832-pax railbusRB-1 "Tamarron"built by D&SNG; served on Animas River line 1988-90in storage

               

"The Great Durango & Silverton Train Robbery" (1984] by Val Valentine
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Durango-Silverton-Robbery-Anniversary-ebook/dp/B009TRNUKM/

"Cinders & Smoke: A Mile By Mile Guide For The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad" [1986] by Doris B. Osterwald
http://www.amazon.com/Cinders-Smoke-Durango-Silverton-Railroad/dp/0931788951/
http://www.amazon.com/Cinders-Smoke-Durango-Silverton-Narrow/dp/0931788005/

"An American Classic, The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad" [1995] by Robert T. Royem
http://www.amazon.com/American-Classic-Durango-Silverton-Railroad/dp/0964343010/

"Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge: A Quick History" [1998] by Duane A. Smith
http://www.amazon.com/Durango-Silverton-Narrow-Gauge-History/dp/1889459127/

Durango and Silverton photographic book by Sam Furukawa  "Durango and Silverton: A Photographic Celebration of America's Favorite Narrow Gauge Train Ride" [2009] by Sam Furukawa
Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation hardcover [2009] out of print/used

"Seasons of The Narrow Gauge: A Year In The Life of The Durango & Silverton" [2011] by Duane A. Smith & Elizabeth A. Green
http://www.amazon.com/Seasons-Narrow-Gauge-Durango-Silverton/dp/1887805362/

"A Ticket To Tomahawk" comedy Western [Fox April 1950] /tt0043046/
Technicolor™ movie partly filmed on the Durango & Silverton RR in Colorado

"Night Passage" Western [Universal Pictures July 1957] /tt0050763/
Technicolor™ movie partly filmed on the Durango & Silverton RR in Colorado, including footage of the train traversing
the 'High Line' above the Animas River Gorge; starring James Stewart & Audie Murphy

"Support Your Local Gunfighter" comedy Western [May 1971] /tt0067809/
Spoof of Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" [1961], which was in turn based on Dashiell Hammett's "Red Harvest" [1929 novel];
Technicolor™ movie partly filmed on the Durango & Silverton RR in Colorado; starring James Garner


Eldorado Springs Railway Company [1905-1908]
color postcard of three Eldorado Springs Railway motorcars posed on a trestle    Original motive power of the Eldorado Springs Railway was automobiles on rails; constructed by Frank Fowler in 1905-1907 to connect Boulder-adjacent Eldorado Springs with the mainline at Marshall, Colorado; line was electrified in 1908, then acquired by Denver & Interurban.


color logo of the Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad 'The Gold Belt Line'
Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad Co. [1893-1916]
The 3-foot narrow-gauge Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad was built in 1893 by banker David H. Moffat and others; at first profitable, the company struggled for years due to competition when standard-gauge lines built into the area from Colorado Springs; merged with other railroads under the holding company Cripple Creek Central around 1900; went out of business after much of the track was destroyed by a series of devastating floods in 1914 & 1915. Sister commuter line Golden Circle Railroad operated locally for a few years more.
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad / Forty Miles To Fortune book by Allan C. Lewis  
"Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad: Forty Miles To Fortune"
[2002] by Allan C. Lewis

Sundance Publns 9x6½ hardcover [8/00] out of print/used

Fort Collins Municipal Railway [1919-1951]
The Denver & Interurban Railroad began operating three routes in Fort Collins in 1907 but were soon losing money due to competition from the automobile;
they abruptly shut down in July 1918. Citizens of Fort Collins convinced the City to purchase the tracks and equipment (but not the rolling stock).
The route was electrified and a series of single-truck Birney 'safety' trolleys purchased; operation began in 1919; after four years of losing money,
the company shut down in 1951. FCMRwy was one of the few all-Birney railways and the last streetcar line in Colorado.

no official website • FCMRwy entry at Wikipedia

Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society [est. 1980]
Since 1985 operates restored FCMRwy Birney streetcar #21 on weekends and holidays only from May to September, Noon to 5pm, every half hour;
the Society purchased FCMRwy streetcar #25 in 2007 and is restoring it.
official website • no separate entry at Wikipedia


color logo of the modern Georgetown Loop Railroad
The Georgetown Loop Railroad [built 1881-84, re-opened 1984]
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park [est. 1959] in Colorado
narrow-gauge motive power in use in 2013: 1923 Shay-geared locomotive #9, 1947 diesel-electric switcher #1203; and 1940s-era 44-ton General Electric
diesel-electric locomotive #21; the historic 2-6-2 steam locomotive #12 is on lease to the Midwest Central in Iowa.

1916 Westside Lumber Co. 3-truck Shay-geared steam locomotive Georgetown Loop #14 today operates on a regular basis at the Colorado Railroad Museum.
1921 ex-Guatemala Railway 2-8-0 #44 worked on the Colorado Central from 1968 to 1973, when it was moved to Silver Plume for repairs; then stored at a Georgetown park, then moved back to Silver Plume in May 2000.
(Sister locomotive #40 was leased to the White Pass & Yukon RR in Alaska; operates on a regular basis at the Colorado Railroad Museum.)
1922 ex-Westside Lumber Co. 3-truck Shay-geared steam locomotive Georgetown Loop #8 is on static display at Cañon City AT&SF Depot.
1927 Westside Lumber Co. 3-truck Shay-geared steam locomotive Georgetown Loop #12 operates on a regular basis at the Colorado Railroad Museum.


Gilpin Tramway Company / Gilpin Railroad [1887-1917]
The 2-foot gauge Gilpin Gold Tram used switchbacks and 50-foot-radius curves to connect the ore-processing mills to the gold mines and back; the 26½-mile route included stations/sidings at Black Hawk, North Black Hawk, Chase Gulch, Freedom, Eureka Gulch, Nevadaville, Quartz Hill, Russell Gulch, Willis Gulch, and Banta Hill. The maximum grade was a steep 6 percent, so an eventual five Shay-geared steam locomotives hauled the ore cars. The Colorado & Southern RR bought the Colorado Central RR (serving Central City and Black Hawk) in 1901, then bought the Gilpin RR in 1906. After 1910, the mines began closing due to a drop in gold prices and increases in production costs; the railroad was abandoned in 1917 and sold for scrap.
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

Mark Baldwin's Gilpin Tram fansite

Gilpin Gold Tram book by Mallory Hope Ferrell  "The Gilpin Gold Tram: Colorado's Unique Narrow Gauge" [1970]
by Mallory Hope Ferrell

Heimburger House 11x8¾ hardcover [6/92] out of print/used
Pruett Publng 9x6 hardcover [1970] out of print/many used
Gilpin Railroad Era book by Dan Abbott & Dell A. McCoy  "The Gilpin Railroad Era: Black Hawk, Central City, Nevadaville, Russell Gulch" [2009] by Dan Abbott & Dell A. McCoy
Featuring 438 photographs and numerous maps
Sundance Publns hardcover [2009] out of print/used

'Fruit Belt Route' color logo of the Grand River Valley Railway in Colorado
Grand River Valley Railway [1908-1935]
An electrically-powered streetcar system that began as Grand Junction Electric Railway in 1908; absorbed by Grand Junction & Grand River Valley Railway in 1909; bankrupt in 1914, reorganized as Grand River Valley Railway Company in November 1914. At its greatest extent had 16.2 miles of interurban line to Fruita and 1.6 miles of track inside the City of Grand Junction, plus 2.5 miles of yard track and sidings. By 1930, timetables specified freight service only, as the 'Fruit Belt Route' serving local farmers; the railroad shut down in 1935.


Great Western Railway of Colorado [est. 1901]
operates 80 miles of track in Boulder, Larimer & Weld counties; currently owned ny OmniTRAX.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia


The Kyle Railroad [est. 1982]
Purchased by Genesee & Wyoming in 2012; based in Phillipsburg, Kansas; runs on 625 miles of track, mostly the former Rock Island Railroad's
Chicago-to-Denver main line; runs from North Central Kansas to Limon, Colorado, with branches to Denver and to Colorado Springs.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia


color logo of the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad [est. 1987]
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad Co. [est. 1987]
The privately-owned Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad began operation as a tourist line in 1987 on the old DSP&P right of way, and runs
home-built excursion cars from Leadville to Talus Slope (nearly to Climax) using antique (over 50 years old!) GP-9 diesel #1714 or backup unit #1918
to push the train up the hill, then bring the train back down the hill; the trip takes about 2½ hours; operates May thru September. Train may also consist of
LCS #1001 open air car, LCS #1002 covered coach, LCS #1003 concession car, #LCS 1004 covered coach, LCS #1005 open air car, LCS #1006 covered
open car, LCS #1007 covered open car, and LCS #1008 caboose. • official websiteentry at Wikipedia

the brick railroad station in Leadville is still standing (2009).
the old Denver, South Park & Pacific freight house in Leadville is still standing (2009).
antique LCS main power E.M.D. GP-9 diesel-electric locomotive #1714
LCS backup unit E.M.D. GP-9 diesel-electric locomotive #1918 [built as Northern Pacific 333, later BN 1918]
former BN caboose #10008 purchased 1988, renumbered #1008.
former BN caboose #10013 owned by LCN in Leadville, Colorado (2006).
former BN caboose #10073 owned by LCN in Leadville, Colorado (2006).
former BN caboose #10239 owned by LCN in Leadville, Colorado (2006).

logo of the Manitou & Pike's Peak Cog Railway [est. 1891]
Manitou & Pike's Peak Cog Railway [est. 1889 - still operating]
The Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway was founded in 1889 by Colorado railroad tycoon David H. Moffat [1839-1911] and mattress tycoon Zalmon G. Simmons
[1828-1910] and completed to the top of Pike's Peak in 1891. Cog-powered equipment runs up 8.9 miles (14.3 km) of sixteen-percent grade from base
in Manitou Springs [elev. 6,412] near Colorado Springs, Colorado to the summit at 14,110 feet (4,301 meters); operates daily from early April
to mid-November; limited/weekend schedule from mid-November to early April
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Cog Wheel Route book by Claude & Margaret Wiatrowski  "Cog Wheel Route: The Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway" [1991]
by Claude & Margaret Wiatrowski

Mountain Automation Corp. pb [4/92] out of print/used
Mountain Automation Corp. Centennial Edition 5¾x8½ pb [12/91] out of print/used
Pikes Peak Cog Railway on DVD & Blu-ray  
"Pikes Peak Cog Railway" [1991]
Filmed, written and edited by William Hellmuth; 84-minutes of footage includes main video plus shorts "More Cog Railway", "Engine #22 Snowplow", and "Colorado’s Narrow Gauge Railroads"
Finley-Holiday Films color Blu-ray/DVD combo pack [6/2012] out of prodn/used
Finley-Holiday Films color DVD [1991] out of prodn/used


Mount Manitou Scenic Incline Railway [1907-1990]
postcard of the Mount Manitou Scenic Incline Railway, circa 1930s    The Mount Manitou Scenic Incline Railway was a funicular/cable line initially built in 1907 for use in construction of city water lines and a hydroelectric plant on Rocky Mountain. When construction was completed, the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway took it over as a tourist operation, known locally as 'The Manitou Incline'. The line gained 2,011 feet (613 m) in elevation over a length of approximately 1 mile (1.6 km); the average grade was 40%, with a maximum grade of 68%. The Incline was closed by a rockslide in 1990; the roadbed is much used today for recreation, maintained by Colorado Springs Parks & Recreation Dept.


logo/herald patch? for Midland Terminal Railway of Colorado
Midland Terminal Railway [1918-1949]
Standard-gauge line constructed from 1893 to 1895 between Divide on the Colorado Midland over 19 miles to Cripple Creek, where it met
the Florence & Cripple Creek narrow-gauge; Midland Terminal purchased equipment, structures, and the track from Divide to Colorado Springs
from bankrupt Colorado Midland in 1918; used the slogans 'Cripple Creek Scenic Line' and 'Ute Indian Trail Route' to attract tourists;
stopped passenger service in 1931 and shut down operations in 1949.

no official website • entry at Wikipedia

color footage of steam trains at Bull Hill, etc on the Midland Terminal RR [3:08] at YouTube

Cripple Creek Road / Midland Terminal book by Edward M. McFarland  
"The Cripple Creek Road: A Midland Terminal Guide and Data Book"
[1984] by Edward M. 'Mel' McFarland

Pruett Publng 11½x9¼ hardcover [6/84] out of print/used

559-mile Nebraska Kansas Colorado Railway [est. 1996, purch by OmniTRAX in 2005]
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

logo/herald for Rio Golden Railroad at Heritage Square theme park in Golden, Colorado
Rio Golden Railroad at Heritage Square theme park in Golden, Colorado
Heritage Square [reopened 1971, closed 2015]
NOTICE 2015: Heritage Square is permanently closed; 'the amusement park will be open for 2016 season', Spider Mansion and Miner's Maze moving to new locations.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Rio Golden RR 15-inch gauge amusement park ride; pulled by gas-hydraulic switcher locomotive since 2006
official website is gone • watch 5/2012 color video [2:47] at YouTube

1887 D&RG/RGS Baldwin 3-foot narrow gauge steam locomotive #42 - operating as Magic Mountain 1959-61  click here for circa 1960 photograph (in a new window)
1920 Lima Shay-geared 2-foot narrow-gauge steam locomotive c/n #3118 - operated as Heritage Square 1975-89, now privately owned in PA
1998 Denver & Rio Golden locomotive #463 (Uhrich 15-inch gauge) - operated 1998-2005 {in storage at Strasburg, Colorado}  click here for small 2005 photograph (in a new window)
Rio Golden Railroad 15-inch gauge gas-hydraulic drive locomotive - operated 2006–present  click here for photograph (in a new window)

Rio Grande Gunnison Railway Company [1892-1908]
Colorado railroad tycoon David H. Moffat [1839-1911] proposed a rail line thru the Rio Grande Canyon from Wagon Wheel Gap to the silver boom town of Creede
(where Moffat owned mining properties); when the D&RG declined to partner with Moffat, he built it with his own money. Silver shipments declined but were replaced by
shipments of lead and zinc; the line was quite profitable, and Moffat sold it to the D&RG at a large profit, probably in 1908. The route is currently operated by
the gas-speeder tourist line Denver and Rio Grande Railroad [est. 2000] {see above}, which is based in South Fork.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad herald        Rio Grande Scenic Railroad alphatype
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad [built 1878; opened 2006]
Daily 60-mile standard-gauge trips from Alamosa, Colorado to La Veta & back; weekend 28-mile steam-powered standard-gauge trips to Antonito, Colorado & back;
Summer Friday Valley Flyer 17-mile standard-gauge trip from Alamosa, Colorado to Monte Vista & back; the railroad is owned by Iowa Pacific/Permian Basin.
Steam locomotives include 1901 Southern Pacific 2-6-0 Mogul #1744 and the 1910 2-6-0 Mogul #18 (formerly LS&I, Mount Hood & Grand Canyon RRs)
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

older fancy Rio Grande Southern Railroad logo        Rio Grande Southern Railroad arched logo

Rio Grande Southern Railroad [1889-1952]
"The Silver San Juan Scenic Line"
no official website • RGS entry at Wikipedia
Galloping Goose Historical Society [est. 1987] & Museum in Dolores, Colorado
SH's RGS fansite {redirect}

Silver San Juan / Rio Grande Southern Railroad book by Mallory Hope Ferrell  "Silver San Juan: The Rio Grande Southern Railroad" [1973]
by Mallory Hope Ferrell

Pruett Press 11x8¾ hardcover [6/73] out of print/used
Galloping Geese of The Rio Grande Southern book by Stan Rhine  "Galloping Geese of The Rio Grande Southern: Tin Feathers and Gasoline Fumes"
[1988] by Stan Rhine

Colorado Railroad Museum 11¼x8¾ pb [6/88] out of print/used
Return of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad on DVD  "Return of The Rio Grande Southern Railroad - 3 Film Special Edition" [indep 2004]
3 films produced by David Bowyer: "The Return of The Rio Grande Southern" [30 min.]; "The Trains of August" [30 min.]: about the Galloping Geese assembled in Durango, Colorado; and "The Return of Galloping Goose No. 5" [60 min.]; not listed on IMDb
color DVD [2004] available at the Colorado Railroad Museum for $19.95 + s/h
Chasing the Narrow Gauge / Rio Grande Southern book by Robert W. Richardson  "Chasing the Narrow Gauge, Volume 3: Rio Grande Southern" [2011]
by Robert W. Richardson

Heimburger House Publng 9x11½ hardcover [6/2011] for $56.00
Galloping Geese of The Rio Grande Southern book by Stan Rhine  "Tin Feathers, Wooden Trestles, and Iron Men: The Galloping Geese of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad" [2012] by Stan Rhine
A new history of the Galloping Geese motive power of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, loaded with great photos and complete information about the seven units.
11x8½ pb [3/2012] available only at The Colorado Railroad Museum for $10.95 + s/h
History & Restoration of RGS Galloping Goose #4 book by Ridgway Railroad Museum Staff  "History and Restoration of R.G.S. Galloping Goose No. 4" [2013]
by Ridgway [CO] Railroad Museum Staff

numerous b&w historical photographs; ISBN 978-0-9800603-9-3 {not on Amazon, 2013}
Ridgway RR Museum 11x8½ pb [2/2013] for $19.95 + s/h

http://www.amazon.com/The-R-G-S-Story-Bridges-Telluride/dp/0913582484/
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0911581006/

Rock and Rail, LLC [est. 1998] logo
Rock and Rail, LLC reporting mark RRRR [est. 1998]
Operates on 10½ miles of the Union Pacific's former 'Tennessee Pass' line between Parkdale and Cañon City in Colorado,
and 38½ miles of former BNSF track between Cañon City and Pueblo, Colorado.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia


Royal Gorge Route Railroad herald title=        Royal Gorge Route Railroad alphatype
Royal Gorge Route Railroad [built 1880, re-opened 1999]
12-mile heritage railroad in Cañon City, Colorado using 1950s equipment; onboard lunch or dinner service available
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
3/2012 RGR promo video [0:16]12/2009 RGR promo video [2:59]RGR cab view video [10:00} on YouTube


Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad [built 1960, sold/closed 2012]
The Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad was a 15-inch gauge deisel-powered tourist ride at the Buckskin Joe Western theme park located eight miles west of Cañon City, Colorado - next to the Royal Gorge Bridge. During its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, two trains operated every 15 minutes during the Summer months, but the declining economy, longer school years (reducing the Summer season), and drought dropped business by 50 percent. Owners sold the theme park and railroad in 2010 with a two-year lease that ended in September 2012; the price was $3.1M. The anonymous buyer was later identified as billionaire William Koch, who supposedly plans to move the entire town to his ranch east of Paonia in Gunnison County.
Buckskin Joe theme park entry at Wikipedia
watch video of a 6/2012 ride on the Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad [13:02] at YouTube

San Luis Central Railroad [est. 1913]
Owned by RailWorld, Inc. [est. 1999]; operates 13 miles of track from Sugar Junction to Monte Vista to Center in Colorado. Rolling stock includes diesel switcher #70.
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad [est. 2003]
Purchased 154 miles of former D&RGW mainline track after the UP-SP merger; the Rio Grande Scenic RR {above} is a seasonal
tourist line subsidiary; the railroad is owned by Iowa Pacific/Permian Basin.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Silverton Railroad [1887-1926]
A narrow-gauge line built by Otto Mears that connected Silverton with the mining district of Red Mountain Pass.

Silverton Northern Railroad [1895-1939]
A 17-mile-long narrow-gauge line built by Otto Mears that connected Silverton with the mining towns of Howardsville, Eureka, and Animas Forks;
operation stopped in 1939; equipment was shipped to White Pass & Yukon in Alaska in 1942 and the rail was pulled up for scrap.

"The Rainbow Route: An Illustrated History of The Silverton Railroad" [6/1975] by Sloan & Skowronski


the new Silverton Northern Railroad [est. 2013?]
The San Juan County Historical Society [est. 1964] has begun rebuilding a very scenic portion of the Silverton Northern RR, up 2½ miles alongside the
Animas River, from the power plant outside Silverton to the former town of Howardsville. They have so far laid several hundred feet of track and the
Silverton engine house is restored; the group is restoring the 1880 D&RG 4-wheel caboose #1005, 1914 'Casey Jones' 12-passenger railcar  click here for 'Casey Jones' photograph (in a new window),
1872 D&RG baggage car #5, and D&RGW wood boxcar #3624. No mention yet of acquisition of a steam locomotive (2014).
official website for the new Silverton Northern Railroad

Sunset & Southern Railroad [1974-2003]
Private narrow-gauge railroad in Hudson, Colorado built with help of local railfans and Boy Scouts; owner died in 2000 and equipment
was auctioned off in 2002 and dispersed. Railbed near the airport is still visible by Google Maps satellite.

photos from July 1984

Uintah Railway [1902-39] in Colorado & Utah
The Uintah Railway [1902-39]
The 3-foot narrow-gauge Uintah Railway was constructed in 1902 from Mack, Colorado to the mines at Dragon, Utah; the route over Baxter Pass included westbound grades of 7½% and eastbound grades of 5%. Conventional rod locomotives were used from Mack to the company-built town of Atchee, then seven Shay-geared locomotives over the pass and back, and rod locomotives from Wendella to Dragon. The railroad expanded in 1911 from Dragon to the new mines at Watson and Rainbow. The 1926 purchase of 2-6-6-2T articulated locomotive #50 was a successful solution to changing engines twice on each run, so sister engine #51 was purchased soon after (these were technically not of Mallet design). The Uintah Railway claimed to be 'The Crookedest Railroad in the West', although the earlier 8-mile-long Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Scenic Railway [1896-1930] of California made the same claim. The Uintah Railway ran 53 miles from Mack to Dragon; the 1911 extension to Rainbow was 13½ miles long – roughly 50 miles in Colorado and about 16 miles in Utah. As with many other railroads of the time, the cost of engine and track maintenance grew, and the railroad was replaced in 1939 with trucks. The two articulated engines were sold to the Sumpter Valley Railway in Oregon in 1940, the Shays and other motive power were scrapped.

Uintah Railway entry at Wikipedia
Uintah Railway page at TrainWeb
Bill Pratt's Uintah Railway pages
DRGW.net / Rio Grande Info / Uintah Railway page {with a lovely map}
Uintah Railway page at Abandoned Rails website
Uintah Railway Models (in On3 & On30 scale) website

1904 Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation #10
2-8-0 Consolidation #11 (first) & 2-8-0 Consolidation #11 (second)
1896 Uintah Rwy narrow-gauge 2-8-0 Consolidation #12 - purchased in 1917 from Florence & Cripple Creek, sold to
Eureka-Nevada RR in 1937; presently in storage at the Nevada State Railroad Museum at Boulder City, Nevada
1905 Baldwin 0-6-2T #20
1905 Baldwin 0-6-2T #21
1911 Uintah Railway narrow-gauge Baldwin 2-8-2 Mikado #30 - scrapped in 1939
1913 Uintah Railway narrow-gauge 2-8-2 Mikado #40 - purchased from New York & Bermudez RR in 1919, scrapped in 1939
1904 Uintah Railway narrow-gauge 2-truck Shay #1 - scrapped 1928
1904 Uintah Railway narrow-gauge 2-truck Shay #2 - used for parts and scrapped 1938
1905 Uintah Railway narrow-gauge 2-truck Shay #3 - rebuilt (new boiler) in 1933 as #7, later scrapped
1905 Argentine Central Rwy, later Uintah Rwy narrow-gauge 2-truck Shay #4 - scrapped 1928
1906 Argentine Central Rwy, later Uintah Rwy narrow-gauge 2-truck Shay #5 - scrapped 1939
1920 Uintah Railway narrow-gauge 2-truck Shay #6 - sold to Feather River Lumber in 1927, scrapped circa 1945
1933 Uintah Railway narrow-gauge 2-truck Shay #7 - rebuild (new boiler) of 1905 #3, later scrapped
1926 Uintah Railway narrow-gauge 2-6-6-2T articulated locomotive #50 was sold in 1940 to the Sumpter Valley Rwy
in Oregon as #250, then sold to I.R.C.A. in Guatelama in 1947 and scrapped in the 1970s
1926 Uintah Railway narrow-gauge 2-6-6-2T articulated locomotive #51 was sold in 1940 to the Sumpter Valley Rwy
in Oregon as #251, then sold to I.R.C.A. in Guatelama in 1947; used for parts from 1962 and scrapped in the 1970s

Uintah Railway Gilsonite Route book by Henry E. Bender  
"Uintah Railway: The Gilsonite Route" [1970] by Henry E. Bender
includes 290 illustrations
Heimburger House Publng 11¼x8¾ hardcover [8/95] out of print/used
Howell-North Books 11½x9 hardcover [1970] out of print/used
Uintah Railway Pictorial books by Rodger Polley  "Uintah Railway Pictorial" [1999] by Rodger Polley
Volume 1: Mack to Atchee Sundance Publn 11¼x8¾ hardcover [7/99] out of print/used
Volume 2: Atchee to Watson Sundance Publn hardcover [2002] out of print/used
'The Uintah Railway' video from 1926 on DVD  "The Uintah Railway" [2006]
45-minute compilation includes original 1926 film footage of the new Uintah articulated locomotives on the 7½% grades of Baxter Pass; video combines historic motion picture film from the Lucian Sprague family and the Colorado Railroad Museum archives, plus still photographs and other film clips
CustomFlix mostly b&w DVD-R [7/2006] for $24.95

Victoria & Southern Railway aka the Towner Railroad [est. 2005]
122 miles of a former Union Pacific line purchased from the Colorado Department of Transportation in 2005; main operation runs east from interchanges
with UP and BNSF at North Avondale Junction (east of Pueblo) to Towner, Colorado where it interchanges with the Kansas & Oklahoma
Railroad; there are also two unattached branches in Kansas. V&S has applied to abandon the line from Avondale Junction to Eads, Colorado.
official website {HQ in Salt Lake City}entry at Wikipedia


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