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

 

 

E

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Edna Coal Co
SG / 1947 - 1950 / IR

Moffat Coal Co. in Oak Hills

 

Eldorado Springs RY
SG / 1906 - 1907 / CR

Marshall - Sth Boulder Canyon

Bought by Denver and Interurban 1907

Elk Creek Coal
SG / 1917 - 1920 / MR

Elk Creek Coal Mine - Milner

Connected with Denver and Salt Lake
Renamed Amalgated Development Co

F

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Fisher Lumber Co
NG / 1880 - 1888 / IR

Fisher Lumber Co nr. Colorado Springs

 

Florence and Cripple Creek RR
NG / 1893 - 1915 / MR

Florence - Cripple Creek
Cripple Creek - Canon City

Heavy damage by flood, subsequently dismantled

Fort Collins Municipal RY
?? / ?? - ?? / UR

Fort Collins

Electric

G

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Garfield Coal Mine
SG / 1907 - 1920 / IR

Garfield Coal Mine nr. Palisade

Owned one locomotive

Genessee & Wyoming RR
SG / 2003 - today / XX

Helper - Provo

Purchased Utah Rwy. in 2003

Georgetown Loop RR
NG / 1973 - today / TR

Georgetown - Silver Plume

famous steel trestle bridge

Gilpin Tramway
NG / 1886 - 1906 / MR

Mines around Central City

 

Gilpin RR
NG / 1906 - 1917 / MR

Central City

sucessor to Gilpin Tramway

Globe Smeltering and Refining
NG / 1896 - 1899 / IR

Globe Smeltering and Refining Conr. Denver

 

Golden and Ralston RR
NG / 1878 - 1879 / MR

Golden - Dry Creek

 

Golden, Boulder and Caribou RR
NG / ???? - ???? / MR

Golden - Marshall -Fox Mine

 

Golden Circle RR
NG / 1896 - 1915 / MR

Victor - Cripple Creek

Renamed Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs in 1915

Golden City and South Platte RR
NG / ???? - ???? / MR

Golden - Clay

Claymine now served by Moffat Road
from Denver (Fireclay)

Grand River Valley RY
SG / 1914 - 1935 / UR

Grand Junction

Successor to
Grand Junction and Grand River Valley

Grand Junction and Grand River Valley
SG / 1909 - 1914 / UR

Grand Junction

Electric

Great Western RY
SG / 1901 - 1981 / FR

Loveland - Welty - Eaton (direction of Johnstown)
Windsor - Longmont - Johnstown
Elm - Wattenburg
 

Owned by Great Western Sugar Co.
Long Route network

H

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Hayden Coal Company
SG / 1910 - 1947 / IR

Hayden Coal Mine near Haybro

Connected to Denver and Salt Lake

High Country RR
NG / 1972 - ???? / TR

Amusement Park near Golden

Successor to Magic Mountain RR

Highlands Street RR
SG / 1888 - 1893 / UR

Denver

 

Holly Sugar Co
SG / 1920 - 1977 / IR

Holly Sugar Co in Swink and Delta

 

I

 

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Ideal Cement Company
SG / 1924 - 1928 / IR

Ideal Cement Company at
Portland and Concrete

 

Intermountain Power Project
SG / 1907 - 1909 / UR

Denver - Golden

Renamed Denver and Intermountain RY in 1909

K

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpo se

Route

Remarks

Kansas Pacific RY
SG / 1855 - 1880 / XX

Kansas - Denver
Cheyenne - Denver

Became Part of Union Pacific RR

Koppers Company
NG / 1939 - 1962 / IR

Koopers subsidaries at Denver, Salida and Minnequa

 

L

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

La Plata Coal and Iron
NG / 1890 - 1903 / IR

Mine nr. Durango to Bocea

Connecting with Denver and Rio Grande RR

Laramie, Hahns Peak and Pacific
SG / 1901 - 1914 / XX

Laramie - Coalmont

Renamed Colorado Wyoming and Eastern RR in 1914

Laramie North Park and Western RR
SG / 1924 - 1951 / XX

???

Bought by Union Pacific RR

Leadville Climax Shortline
SG / ???? - ???? / MR

Leadville - Climax

Trackage now Leadville Colorado and Southern Tourist RR

Leadville Colorado and Southern
SG / ???? - today / TR

Leadville to Climax

 

Leadville Mineral Belt RR
SG / ???? - ???? / MR

Leadville - Graham Park Mine

Colorado Southern Subsidary
Connected to Leadville Climax Shortline

Little Book Cliff RY
NG / 1889 - 1925 / MR

Book Cliff Mines to Grand Junction

 

London South Park and Leadville RR
NG / 1882 - 1885 / MR

Leadville to London Mine

 

M

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Magic Mountain RR
NG / 1962 - 1972 / TR

Amusement Park near Golden

Never operated
Bought by High Country RR

Manitou and Pikes Peak
CR / 1888 - today / TR

Manitou - Pikes Peak

See article on this Homepage

Midland Terminal RY
SG / 1892 - 1949 / MR

Colorado Springs - Cripple Creek

 

Missouri Pacific RR
SG / 1849 - 1965 / XX

Kansas - Pueblo

Bought by Union Pacific

Moffat Coal Company
SG / 1916 - 1946 / IR

Moffat Coal Company at Oak Hills
(Yampa Coal Field)

 

Montezuma Lumber Company
NG / 1906 - ???? / IR

Montezuma Lumber Company
Sawmill at Arloa

 

Montezuma Lumber Company
NG / 1935 - 1948 / IR

Montezuma Lumber Company
Lumber Mill near Dolores

Burned down

Mt. Manitou Incline RR
CR / ???? - ???? / TR

Manitou to Mt. Manitou

 

N

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

National Lumber Company
NG / 1926 - 1939 / IR

Railroad Tie factory at Salida

Bought by Koppers Company

New Mexico Lumber Company
NG / 1890 - 1932 / IR

Logging venture near Dolores

 

Noland Land and Transfer
SG / 1895 - 1915 / IR

Sandstone Quarry nr. Lyons

 

Northwestern Terminal RR
SG / 1904 - 1926 / CR

Utah Junction - Denver

 

O

no entries

P

Name
Gauge/Time/Purpose

Route

Remarks

Pagosa Lumber Company
NG / 1917 / IR

Pagosa Lumber Company
at Pagosa Springs

 

Park Ry
NG / 1888 - 1893 / UR

Denver

Bought by Denver Tramway

Philadelphia Smeltering Company
SG / 1888 - 1900 / IR

Phildaelphia Smelter
Pueblo

Bought by American Smeltering

Pinnacle Coal Company
SG / 1918 - 1926 / IR

Mine at Coal View

 

Platte River Power Authority
SG / 1982 - today / IR

Power Plant at Ft Collins

 

Platte Valley Trolley
SG / ???? - ???? / TR

Tourist Line

 

Public Service of Colorado
SG / 1947 - today / IR

Electric Power Plants

 

Pueblo and Arkansas Valley RR
SG / 1875 - 1890 / XX

Pueblo - Canon City
Pueblo - Trinidad

Taken over by Santa Fe RR

Pueblo Smeltering Company
NG / 1878 - 1889 / IR

Smelter at Pueblo

Bought by American Smeltering

 

 

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