List of Colorado railroads

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This list of Colorado railroads identifies the variety of active, historic, and defunct railroads that operate in the U.S. State of Colorado.

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Common freight carriers

Historic attraction carriers

Private freight carriers

Passenger carriers

Colorado rail stations
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Lamar
Fort Morgan
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La Junta
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Trinidad
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Eastlake/124th
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Denver Airport BSicon FLUG.svg
Northglenn/112th
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61st & Peña
Thornton Crossroads/104th
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40th Ave & Airport Blvd–Gateway Park
Original Thornton/88th
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Peoria
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Commerce City/72nd
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Central Park
48th & Brighton/
National Western Center
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40th & Colorado
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38th & Blake
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Denver
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41st & Fox
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Pecos Junction
Westminster
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Clear Creek/Federal
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60th & Sheridan/Arvada Gold Strike
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Olde Town Arvada
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Arvada Ridge
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Wheat Ridge/Ward
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Fraser–Winter Park
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Granby
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Glenwood Springs
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Grand Junction
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Defunct railroads

Name Mark System [1] FromToSuccessorNotes
Argentine Central Railway 19051912 Argentine and Gray's Peak Railway
Argentine and Gray's Peak Railway 19131918N/A
Arkansas Valley Railroad ATSF 19001907 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Aspen Short Line Railway 18881893 Colorado Midland Railroad
Aspen and Western Railway 18801892 Crystal River Railway
Associated Railroads noneAT&SF, CB&Q (BN), CRI&P, C&S (BN) and D&RGW19531988Regional Transportation DistrictConsortium formed to operate former Denver and Inter-Mountain Railroad line to the Denver Federal Center. Service provided alternately by C&S (BN) and D&RGW on behalf of the other owning railroads.
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad ATSF 18731895 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway ATSFATSF18951996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Beaver, Penrose and Northern Railway 19091920N/A
Book Cliff Railroad 18991925N/A
Burlington and Colorado Railroad CB&Q 18811908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Burlington Northern Inc. BN19701981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad BN19811996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Busk Tunnel Railway 18901900 Colorado Midland Railway
Cadillac and Lake City Railway CLK19811989N/A
Canon de Agua Railroad CB&Q 18891890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Canon City and Cripple Creek Railroad 18971915N/A
Canon City and San Juan Railway ATSF 18771878 Pueblo and Arkansas Valley Railroad
Canon Coal Railway DRGW 18721878 Denver and Rio Grande Railway
Central Kansas Railway CKRY19972001 Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad CB&QCB&Q18811970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway CB&Q 19011907N/ALeased the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway RI 18881891 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Colorado Railway RI 18881888 Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad RI, ROCKRI19471980 Cadillac and Lake City Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway RIRI18881948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Chicosa Canon Railway CB&Q 18891890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Clear Creek and Guy Gulch Wagon Road Company CB&Q 18711873 Colorado Central Railroad
Colorado Railroad 19381957N/A
Colorado Railroad CB&Q 19061930 Colorado and Southern Railway
Colorado Railway DRGW 18831888 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Colorado Central Railroad CB&Q 18691890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Colorado Central and Pacific Railroad CB&Q 18661869 Colorado Central Railroad
Colorado and Clear Creek Railroad CB&Q 18651866 Colorado Central and Pacific Railroad
Colorado Eastern Railroad 18941915N/A
Colorado Eastern Railway 18881894 Colorado Eastern Railroad
Colorado–Kansas Railway 19111932 Colorado Railroad
Colorado, Kansas and Pacific Railway CKP20002003 Towner Railway
Colorado Midland Railroad CM19171921 Midland Terminal Railway
Colorado Midland Railroad 18931897 Colorado Midland Railway
Colorado Midland Railway 18971917 Colorado Midland Railroad
Colorado Midland Railway 18831893 Colorado Midland Railroad
Colorado and New Mexico Railroad ATSF 18731875 Pueblo and Arkansas Valley Railroad
Colorado Northern Railway CB&Q 18831884 Denver, Utah and Pacific Railroad
Colorado and Northwestern Railroad 19041909 Denver, Boulder and Western Railroad
Colorado and Northwestern Railway 18971904 Colorado and Northwestern Railroad
Colorado and Pacific Wagon, Telegraph and Railroad Company CB&Q 18611871 Clear Creek and Guy Gulch Wagon Road Company
Colorado and Salt Lake Railroad CB&Q 18711872 Colorado Central Railroad
Colorado and Southeastern Railroad C&SE19091952N/A
Colorado and Southeastern Railway 19031909 Colorado and Southeastern Railroad
Colorado and Southern Railway C&S, CS CB&Q 18981981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Colorado Southwestern Railway DRGW 18881889 Rio Grande Junction Railway
Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway CCD18991920N/A
Colorado and Utah Railway 18861892 Crystal River Railway
Colorado and Wyoming Railroad CB&Q 18871908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Colorado, Wyoming and Eastern Railway UP 19141924 Northern Colorado and Eastern Railroad
Colorado, Wyoming and Great Northern Railroad 18941899 Book Cliff Railroad
Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Railroad 19151921 Midland Terminal Railway
Cripple Creek District Railway 18971899 Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway
Crystal River Railroad 18981941N/A
Crystal River Railway 18921898 Crystal River Railroad
Crystal River and San Juan Railroad 19061941N/A
Denver Railroad and Land Company 18861887 Denver Railroad, Land and Coal Company
Denver Railroad, Land and Coal Company 18871888 Colorado Eastern Railway
Denver Railway DRWY19891993 Denver Rock Island Railroad
Denver and Boulder Valley Railroad UP 18701898 Union Pacific Railroad
Denver, Boulder and Western Railroad 19091919N/A
Denver Circle Railroad ATSF 18801886 Denver and Santa Fe Railway
Denver, Clear Creek and Western Railway DRGW 18881899 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Denver, Cripple Creek and Southwestern Railroad CB&Q 18961899 Colorado and Southern Railway
Denver, Golden and Salt Lake Railroad CB&Q 18811917 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Denver and Inter-Mountain Railroad D&IM, DIM19091953Associated Railroads (AT&SF, CB&Q, CRI&P, C&S and D&RGW)Electric after 1909
Denver and Inter-Mountain Railway 19041909 Denver and Inter-Mountain Railroad
Denver, Lakewood and Golden Railroad 18901904 Denver and Inter-Mountain Railway
Denver, Laramie and Northern Railroad 19171917 Great Western Railway of Colorado
Denver, Laramie and Northwestern Railroad 19101917 Denver, Laramie and Northern Railroad
Denver, Laramie and Northwestern Railway 19061910 Denver, Laramie and Northwestern Railroad
Denver, Leadville and Gunnison Railway CB&Q 18891898 Colorado and Southern Railway
Denver, Longmont and Northwestern Railroad CB&Q 18811883 Colorado Northern Railway
Denver, Marshall and Boulder Railway CB&Q 18851890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Denver and Middle Park Railroad CB&Q 18831890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Denver and Montana Railroad CB&Q 18991908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Denver and New Orleans Railroad CB&Q 18811886 Denver, Texas and Gulf Railroad
Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway DRGW 19021913 Denver and Salt Lake Railroad
Denver Pacific Railway and Telegraph Company UP 18671880 Union Pacific Railway
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad DRGW 18861921 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Denver and Rio Grande Railway DRGW 18701886 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad D&RG, D&RGW, DRGWDRGW19201997 Union Pacific Railroad
Denver and Salt Lake Railroad D&SL DRGW 19121927 Denver and Salt Lake Railway
Denver and Salt Lake Railway D&SL DRGW 19261947 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Denver and Salt Lake Western Railroad DRGW 19241947 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Denver and Santa Fe Railway ATSF 18871900 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Denver, South Park and Hill Top Railway CB&Q 18961897 Denver, Leadville and Gunnison Railway
Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad CB&Q 18731889 Denver, Leadville and Gunnison Railway
Denver, South Park and Pacific Railway CB&Q 18721873 Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Denver and Southwestern Railway 18991904 Cripple Creek Central Railway (holding company)
Denver Terminal Railroad DTMR19861989 Denver Railway
Denver, Texas and Gulf Railroad CB&Q 18851890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Denver, Texas and Fort Worth Railroad CB&Q 18871890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Denver Union Railway and Terminal Company UP 18891900 Union Pacific Railroad
Denver Union Terminal Railway DUT ATSF/ CB&Q/ DRGW/ RI/ UP 19122001 Regional Transportation District
Denver, Utah and Pacific Railroad CB&Q 18801908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Denver, Western and Pacific Railway CB&Q 18801885 Denver, Marshall and Boulder Railway
Elk Mountain Railway 18871898 Crystal River Railroad
Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad 18931915 Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Railroad
Fort Collins Development Railway CB&Q 19021908 Colorado Railroad
Fort Worth and Denver Railway FWD CB&Q 19811982 Burlington Northern Railroad
Georgetown, Breckenridge and Leadville Railway CB&Q 18811890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Gilpin Railroad CB&Q 19091917N/A
Gilpin Tramway Company CB&Q 18861906 Gilpin Railroad
Golden Circle Railroad 18961915 Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Railroad
Golden City and Gilpin County Wagon and Railroad Company CB&Q 18701872 Colorado Central Railroad
Golden City and South Platte Railway and Telegraph Company 18721880N/A
Grand Valley Railway DRGW 18861887 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Greeley, Salt Lake and Pacific Railway CB&Q 18811890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
Greeley Terminal Railway 19091917N/A
Holly and Swink Railway ATSF 19061907 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Kansas–Colorado Railroad 19081910 Colorado–Kansas Railway
Kansas Pacific Railway UP 18691880 Union Pacific Railway
Laramie, Hahns Peak and Pacific Railway UP 19111914 Colorado, Wyoming and Eastern Railway
Laramie, North Park and Western Railroad UP 19241951 Union Pacific Railroad
Larimer and Routt County Railway UP 19071914 Colorado, Wyoming and Eastern Railway
Leadville Mineral Belt Railway CB&Q 18981900 Colorado and Southern Railway
Leadville, Ten Mile and Breckenridge Railway DRGW 18801880 Denver and Rio Grande Railway
Little Book Cliff Railway 18891894 Colorado, Wyoming and Great Northern Railroad
London, South Park and Leadville Railroad 18821885 South Park and Leadville Short Line Railroad
Longmont and Erie Railroad CB&Q 18781881 Denver, Longmont and Northwestern Railroad
Midland Terminal Railway MTR18921949N/A
Missouri Pacific Railroad MPMP19171997 Union Pacific Railroad
Missouri Pacific Railway MP 18871917 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Mount Carbon, Gunnison and Lake City Railroad and Coal Transportation Company CB&Q 18771881 Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado RailNet NKCR19962005 Nebraska Kansas Colorado Railway
Northern Colorado and Eastern Railroad UP 19241924 Laramie, North Park and Western Railroad
Northwestern Terminal Railroad DRGW 19271968 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Northwestern Terminal Railway DRGW 19041927 Northwestern Terminal Railroad
Platt Valley Railway 19931993 Denver Rock Island Railroad
Pueblo and Arkansas Valley Railroad ATSF 18751900 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Pueblo and Salt Lake Railway ATSF 18731875 Pueblo and Arkansas Valley Railroad
Pueblo and State Line Railroad MP 18871910 Missouri Pacific Railway
Pueblo Union Depot and Railroad Company ATSF/ CB&Q/ DRGW/ MP/ RI 1887
Rio Grande Railroad DRGW 19001908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande Gunnison Railway DRGW 18911908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande Junction Railway DRGW 18891947 Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Rio Grande, Pagosa and Northern Railroad DRGW 18991908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande and Pagosa Springs Railroad 18951914N/A
Rio Grande, Pueblo and Southern Railroad DRGW 19021908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande Sangre de Cristo Railroad DRGW 19011908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rio Grande Southern Railroad DRGW 18891951N/A
Rio Grande Western Railway DRGW 18891908 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Road Canon Railroad CB&Q 18891890 Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway
St. Joseph and Iowa Railroad RI 18881888 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
San Luis Southern Railway 19091928 San Luis Valley Southern Railway
San Luis Valley Southern Railway 19281953 Southern San Luis Valley Railroad
Silverton Railroad 18871904 Silverton Railway
Silverton Railway 19041922N/A
Silverton, Gladstone and Northerly Railroad 18991915 Silverton Northern Railroad
Silverton Northern Railroad 18951941N/A
South Park and Leadville Short Line Railroad 18851900N/A
Southern San Luis Valley Railroad SSLV19531996N/A
State Line and Denver Railway DRGW 18891889 Rio Grande Western Railway
Trinidad Railway TRIN1992Still exists as a joint lessor of the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad
Trinidad and Denver Railroad DRGW 18861888 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Trinidad and Denver Terminal and Railway Company DRGW 18881899 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Uintah Railway 19031939N/A
Union Depot and Railroad Company ATSF/ CB&Q/ DRGW/ RI/ UP 18791899 Union Depot and Railway Company
Union Depot and Railway Company ATSF/ CB&Q/ DRGW/ RI/ UP 18991914 Denver Union Terminal Railway
Union Pacific Railway UP 18801898 Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division UP 18661869 Kansas Pacific Railway
Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway CB&Q 18901898 Colorado and Southern Railway
Union Pacific, Lincoln and Colorado Railway UP 18881898N/ASold at foreclosure; no property in Colorado
Walsenburg and Western Railway CB&Q 19071910 Colorado Railroad
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    Coordinates: 38°59′50″N105°32′52″W / 38.9972°N 105.5478°W / 38.9972; -105.5478 (State of Colorado)