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Colorado Railroads

Colorado Common Freight Carriers

  • BNSF Railway (BNSF)
  • Cimarron Valley Railroad (CVR)
  • Colorado and Wyoming Railway (CW)
  • Denver Rock Island Railroad (DRIR)
  • Great Western Railway of Colorado (GWR)
  • Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (KO)
  • Kyle Railroad (KYLE)
  • Nebraska Kansas Colorado Railway (NKCR)
  • Rock and Rail LLC (RRRR)
  • San Luis Central Railroad (SLC)
  • San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad (SLRG)
  • Towner Railway (VST)
  • Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
  • Utah Railway (UTAH)

Colorado Historic Attraction Carriers

  • Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
  • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Fort Collins Municipal Railway
  • Georgetown Loop
  • Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway
  • Platte Valley Trolley (Denver Rail Heritage Society)
  • Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Colorado Private Freight Carriers

  • Deseret Western Railway

Colorado Passenger carriers

  • Amtrak (AMTK)

Colorado Defunct Railroads

  • Ski Train
Name Mark System From To Successor
Argentine Central Railway     1905 1912 Argentine and Gray's Peak Railway
Argentine and Gray's Peak Railway     1913 1918 N/A
Arkansas Valley Railroad   ATSF 1900 1907 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Aspen Short Line Railway     1888 1893 Colorado Midland Railroad
Aspen and Western Railway     1880 1892 Crystal River Railway
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad   ATSF 1873 1895 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway ATSF ATSF 1895 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Beaver, Penrose and Northern Railway     1909 1920 N/A
Book Cliff Railroad     1899 1925 N/A
Burlington and Colorado Railroad   CB&Q 1881 1908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Burlington Northern Inc. BN   1970 1981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad BN   1981 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Busk Tunnel Railway     1890 1900 Colorado Midland Railway
Cadillac and Lake City Railway CLK   1981 1989 N/A
Canon de Agua Railroad   CB&Q 1889 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Canon City and Cripple Creek Railroad     1897 1915 N/A
Canon City and San Juan Railway   ATSF 1877 1878 Pueblo and Arkansas Valley Railroad
Canon Coal Railway   DRGW 1872 1878 Denver and Rio Grande Railway
Central Kansas Railway CKRY   1997 2001 Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad CB&Q CB&Q 1881 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway   CB&Q 1901 1907 N/A
Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway   RI 1888 1891 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Colorado Railway   RI 1888 1888 Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad RI, ROCK RI 1947 1980 Cadillac and Lake City Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway RI RI 1888 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Chicosa Canon Railway   CB&Q 1889 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Clear Creek and Guy Gulch Wagon Road Company   CB&Q 1871 1873 Colorado Central Railroad
Colorado Railroad     1938 1957 N/A
Colorado Railroad   CB&Q 1906 1930 Colorado and Southern Railway
Colorado Railway   DRGW 1883 1888 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Colorado Central Railroad   CB&Q 1869 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Colorado Central and Pacific Railroad   CB&Q 1866 1869 Colorado Central Railroad
Colorado and Clear Creek Railroad   CB&Q 1865 1866 Colorado Central and Pacific Railroad
Colorado Eastern Railroad     1894 1915 N/A
Colorado Eastern Railway     1888 1894 Colorado Eastern Railroad
Colorado–Kansas Railway     1911 1932 Colorado Railroad
Colorado, Kansas and Pacific Railway CKP   2000 2003 Towner Railway
Colorado Midland Railroad CM   1917 1921 Midland Terminal Railway
Colorado Midland Railroad     1893 1897 Colorado Midland Railway
Colorado Midland Railway     1897 1917 Colorado Midland Railroad
Colorado Midland Railway     1883 1893 Colorado Midland Railroad
Colorado and New Mexico Railroad   ATSF 1873 1875 Pueblo and Arkansas Valley Railroad
Colorado Northern Railway   CB&Q 1883 1884 Denver, Utah and Pacific Railroad
Colorado and Northwestern Railroad     1904 1909 Denver, Boulder and Western Railroad
Colorado and Northwestern Railway     1897 1904 Colorado and Northwestern Railroad
Colorado and Pacific Wagon, Telegraph and Railroad Company   CB&Q 1861 1871 Clear Creek and Guy Gulch Wagon Road Company
Colorado and Salt Lake Railroad   CB&Q 1871 1872 Colorado Central Railroad
Colorado and Southeastern Railroad C&SE   1909 1952 N/A
Colorado and Southeastern Railway     1903 1909 Colorado and Southeastern Railroad
Colorado and Southern Railway C&S, CS CB&Q 1898 1981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Colorado Southwestern Railway   DRGW 1888 1889 Rio Grande Junction Railway
Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway CCD   1899 1920 N/A
Colorado and Utah Railway     1886 1892 Crystal River Railway
Colorado and Wyoming Railroad   CB&Q 1887 1908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Colorado, Wyoming and Eastern Railway   UP 1914 1924 Northern Colorado and Eastern Railroad
Colorado, Wyoming and Great Northern Railroad     1894 1899 Book Cliff Railroad
Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Railroad     1915 1921 Midland Terminal Railway
Cripple Creek District Railway     1897 1899 Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway
Crystal River Railroad     1898 1941 N/A
Crystal River Railway     1892 1898 Crystal River Railroad
Crystal River and San Juan Railroad     1906 1941 N/A
Denver Railroad and Land Company     1886 1887 Denver Railroad, Land and Coal Company
Denver Railroad, Land and Coal Company     1887 1888 Colorado Eastern Railway
Denver Railway DRWY   1989 1993 Denver Rock Island Railroad
Denver and Boulder Valley Railroad   UP 1870 1898 Union Pacific Railroad
Denver, Boulder and Western Railroad     1909 1919 N/A
Denver Circle Railroad   ATSF 1880 1886 Denver and Santa Fe Railway
Denver, Clear Creek and Western Railway   DRGW 1888 1899 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Denver, Cripple Creek and Southwestern Railroad   CB&Q 1896 1899 Colorado and Southern Railway
Denver, Golden and Salt Lake Railroad   CB&Q 1881 1917 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Denver and Inter-Mountain Railroad D&IM,
DIM
  1909 1953 N/A
Denver and Inter-Mountain Railway     1904 1909 Denver and Inter-Mountain Railroad
Denver, Lakewood and Golden Railroad     1890 1904 Denver and Inter-Mountain Railway
Denver, Laramie and Northern Railroad     1917 1917 Great Western Railway of Colorado
Denver, Laramie and Northwestern Railroad     1910 1917 Denver, Laramie and Northern Railroad
Denver, Laramie and Northwestern Railway     1906 1910 Denver, Laramie and Northwestern Railroad
Denver, Leadville and Gunnison Railway   CB&Q 1889 1898 Colorado and Southern Railway
Denver, Longmont and Northwestern Railroad   CB&Q 1881 1883 Colorado Northern Railway
Denver, Marshall and Boulder Railway   CB&Q 1885 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Denver and Middle Park Railroad   CB&Q 1883 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Denver and Montana Railroad   CB&Q 1899 1908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Denver and New Orleans Railroad   CB&Q 1881 1886 Denver, Texas and Gulf Railroad
Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway   DRGW 1902 1913 Denver and Salt Lake Railroad
Denver Pacific Railway and Telegraph Company   UP 1867 1880 Union Pacific Railway
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad   DRGW 1886 1921 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Denver and Rio Grande Railway   DRGW 1870 1886 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad D&RG, D&RGW, DRGW DRGW 1920 1997 Union Pacific Railroad
Denver and Salt Lake Railroad D&SL DRGW 1912 1927 Denver and Salt Lake Railway
Denver and Salt Lake Railway D&SL DRGW 1926 1947 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Denver and Salt Lake Western Railroad   DRGW 1924 1947 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Denver and Santa Fe Railway   ATSF 1887 1900 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Denver, South Park and Hill Top Railway   CB&Q 1896 1897 Denver, Leadville and Gunnison Railway
Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad   CB&Q 1873 1889 Denver, Leadville and Gunnison Railway
Denver, South Park and Pacific Railway   CB&Q 1872 1873 Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Denver and Southwestern Railway     1899 1904 Cripple Creek Central Railway (holding company)
Denver Terminal Railroad DTMR   1986 1989 Denver Railway
Denver, Texas and Gulf Railroad   CB&Q 1885 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Denver, Texas and Fort Worth Railroad   CB&Q 1887 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Denver Union Railway and Terminal Company   UP 1889 1900 Union Pacific Railroad
Denver Union Terminal Railway DUT ATSF/ CB&Q/ DRGW/ RI/ UP 1912 2001 Regional Transportation District
Denver, Utah and Pacific Railroad   CB&Q 1880 1908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Denver, Western and Pacific Railway   CB&Q 1880 1885 Denver, Marshall and Boulder Railway
Elk Mountain Railway     1887 1898 Crystal River Railroad
Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad     1893 1915 Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Railroad
Fort Collins Development Railway   CB&Q 1902 1908 Colorado Railroad
Fort Worth and Denver Railway FWD CB&Q 1981 1982 Burlington Northern Railroad
Georgetown, Breckenridge and Leadville Railway   CB&Q 1881 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Gilpin Railroad   CB&Q 1909 1917 N/A
Gilpin Tramway Company   CB&Q 1886 1906 Gilpin Railroad
Golden Circle Railroad     1896 1915 Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Railroad
Golden City and Gilpin County Wagon and Railroad Company   CB&Q 1870 1872 Colorado Central Railroad
Golden City and South Platte Railway and Telegraph Company     1872 1880 N/A
Grand Valley Railway   DRGW 1886 1887 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Greeley, Salt Lake and Pacific Railway   CB&Q 1881 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Greeley Terminal Railway     1909 1917 N/A
Holly and Swink Railway   ATSF 1906 1907 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Kansas–Colorado Railroad     1908 1910 Colorado–Kansas Railway
Kansas Pacific Railway   UP 1869 1880 Union Pacific Railway
Laramie, Hahns Peak and Pacific Railway   UP 1911 1914 Colorado, Wyoming and Eastern Railway
Laramie, North Park and Western Railroad   UP 1924 1951 Union Pacific Railroad
Larimer and Routt County Railway   UP 1907 1914 Colorado, Wyoming and Eastern Railway
Leadville Mineral Belt Railway   CB&Q 1898 1900 Colorado and Southern Railway
Leadville, Ten Mile and Breckenridge Railway   DRGW 1880 1880 Denver and Rio Grande Railway
Little Book Cliff Railway     1889 1894 Colorado, Wyoming and Great Northern Railroad
London, South Park and Leadville Railroad     1882 1885 South Park and Leadville Short Line Railroad
Longmont and Erie Railroad   CB&Q 1878 1881 Denver, Longmont and Northwestern Railroad
Midland Terminal Railway MTR   1892 1949 N/A
Missouri Pacific Railroad MP MP 1917 1997 Union Pacific Railroad
Missouri Pacific Railway   MP 1887 1917 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Mount Carbon, Gunnison and Lake City Railroad and Coal Transportation Company   CB&Q 1877 1881 Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado RailNet NKCR   1996 2005 Nebraska Kansas Colorado Railway
Northern Colorado and Eastern Railroad   UP 1924 1924 Laramie, North Park and Western Railroad
Northwestern Terminal Railroad   DRGW 1927 1968 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Northwestern Terminal Railway   DRGW 1904 1927 Northwestern Terminal Railroad
Platt Valley Railway     1993 1993 Denver Rock Island Railroad
Pueblo and Arkansas Valley Railroad   ATSF 1875 1900 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Pueblo and Salt Lake Railway   ATSF 1873 1875 Pueblo and Arkansas Valley Railroad
Pueblo and State Line Railroad   MP 1887 1910 Missouri Pacific Railway
Pueblo Union Depot and Railroad Company   ATSF/ CB&Q/ DRGW/
MP/ RI
1887   NA
Rio Grande Railroad   DRGW 1900 1908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande Gunnison Railway   DRGW 1891 1908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande Junction Railway   DRGW 1889 1947 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Rio Grande, Pagosa and Northern Railroad   DRGW 1899 1908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande and Pagosa Springs Railroad     1895 1914 N/A
Rio Grande, Pueblo and Southern Railroad   DRGW 1902 1908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande Sangre de Cristo Railroad   DRGW 1901 1908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande Southern Railroad   DRGW 1889 1951 N/A
Rio Grande Western Railway   DRGW 1889 1908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Road Canon Railroad   CB&Q 1889 1890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
St. Joseph and Iowa Railroad   RI 1888 1888 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
San Luis Southern Railway     1909 1928 San Luis Valley Southern Railway
San Luis Valley Southern Railway     1928 1953 Southern San Luis Valley Railroad
Silverton Railroad     1887 1904 Silverton Railway
Silverton Railway     1904 1922 N/A
Silverton, Gladstone and Northerly Railroad     1899 1915 Silverton Northern Railroad
Silverton Northern Railroad     1895 1941 N/A
South Park and Leadville Short Line Railroad     1885 1900 N/A
Southern San Luis Valley Railroad SSLV   1953 1996 N/A
State Line and Denver Railway   DRGW 1889 1889 Rio Grande Western Railway
Trinidad Railway TRIN   1992    
Trinidad and Denver Railroad   DRGW 1886 1888 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Trinidad and Denver Terminal and Railway Company   DRGW 1888 1899 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Uintah Railway     1903 1939 N/A
Union Depot and Railroad Company   ATSF/ CB&Q/ DRGW/ RI/ UP 1879 1899 Union Depot and Railway Company
Union Depot and Railway Company   ATSF/ CB&Q/ DRGW/ RI/ UP 1899 1914 Denver Union Terminal Railway
Union Pacific Railway   UP 1880 1898 Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division   UP 1866 1869 Kansas Pacific Railway
Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway   CB&Q 1890 1898 Colorado and Southern Railway
Union Pacific, Lincoln and Colorado Railway   UP 1888 1898 N/A
Walsenburg and Western Railway   CB&Q 1907 1910 Colorado Railroad

Colorado Electric Railways

  • Arkansas Valley Railway, Light and Power Company
  • Boulder Electric Light and Power Company
  • Canon City and Cripple Creek Railroad
  • Colfax Electric Railway
  • Colorado Railway, Light and Power Company
  • Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway (CCD)
  • Colorado Springs and Interurban Railway
  • Colorado Springs Rapid Transit Company
  • Colorado Springs and Suburban Railway
  • Cripple Creek District Railway
  • Denver City Cable Railway
  • Denver City Traction Company
  • Denver City Tramway Company
  • Denver Consolidated Tramway Company
  • Denver Electric and Cable Railway
  • Denver, Globeville and Golden Rapid Transit Company
  • Denver and Inter-Mountain Railroad (D&IM, DIM)
  • Denver and Inter-Mountain Railway
  • Denver and Interurban Railroad
  • Denver, Lakewood and Golden Railroad
  • Denver and Northwestern Railway
  • Denver and South Platte Railway
  • Denver Tramway Company
  • Denver Tramway Extension Company
  • Denver Tramway Terminals Company
  • Durango Railway and Realty Company
  • Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad
  • Fort Collins Municipal Railway
  • Grand Junction Electric Railway
  • Grand Junction and Grand River Valley Railway
  • Grand River Valley Railway
  • Greeley and Denver Railroad
  • Manitou Incline Railway
  • Metropolitan Railway
  • Midland Terminal Railway
  • Pueblo and Suburban Traction and Lighting Company
  • Southern Colorado Power and Railway Company
  • South Denver Cable Railway
  • Trinidad Electric Transmission, Railway and Gas Company
  • West End Street Railroad

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