Denver's RailRoads — Overview

Phase 1 Action

The track laying and wiring of this phase is expected to be completely finished by late 2018. Some scenery and ballasting will also be actioned.

Phase 2a (parts i & ii) Action

The track laying for this part of the phase is finished and the wiring should be completed during 2018.

Phase 2b (parts iii, iv & v) Action

The track laying for this phase is expected to be finished by late 2018 and the wiring in 2019.

Phase 3 Action

The DUT track laying part of this phase will be finished in 2018. The remaining track is expected to be completed during 2019 along with all of the wiring.

Phase 4 Action

Track laying is not expected to start for this phase until 2020.

Denver's Railroads


This is a map of all of the class 1 railroads that entered Denver's rail yards during the 1950s and 1960s. The map also shows the major towns that connect with each railroad. Ultimately the model layout will comprise the D&RGW line from Denver to Glenwood Springs, as well as the D&RGW branch line to Craig and the C&S branch line to Golden and Black Hawk. All of the other connections shown on this map will be represented by two return loops comprising of 7 staging tracks for the West, North and North-east connections and 5 staging tracks for the South and South-east connections.

On the side-bar you will find an estimated time-line for completion of the track laying and wiring for each phase of the layout. All bench work is 100% complete.

Denver's Railroad will be built in 5 phases:

Phase One: Branch lines from Denver to Golden & Black Hawk and the 7 track Grand Junction Return Loop

Era: 1934 (end of Prohibition) to 1969

There are a number of parts to this phase:

  1. A seven track Grand Junction return loop (holding a total of 369 40' boxcars), representing all of the railway tracks that lead out of Denver, and Glenwood Springs, including a small yard and three industries.
  2. The C&S branch line from Denver to Golden, CO and the Coors Brewing Company.
  3. The C&S branch line extensions to Idaho Springs and Black Hawk.

Once complete this phase can also be operated as the 1930's steam era Clear Creek Railroad stand alone layout as well as part of the 1950/1960s Denver's RailRoads.

Phase Two: The Main Line from the 7 track Grand Junction Return Loop to the Wye at Denver Union Terminal (DUT)

Including Utah Junction, the East Denver Belt Line, D&RGW's North Yard & UP's 36th St. Yard

Era: Freight  traffic - 1951 to 1969 (the creation of Burlington Northern Railroad)

The following are the parts to this phase:

  1. The laying the main line from the seven track return loop (representing Grand Junction to San Francisco in the West on the D&RGW and the out of state Northern and Eastern destinations of the other railroads) to Utah Junction.
  2. East Denver Belt Line branch and industries.
  3. The main line, arrival & departure and classification tracks for D&RGW's Denver North Yard.
  4. The D&RGW North Yard industries, repair & storage facilities and the M of W branch.
  5. UP's 36th St. Yard.

Phase Three: Denver Union Station & Terminal and surrounding rail yards and industries

Era: Passenger traffic - 1947 to 1963

The following are the parts to this phase:

  1. The laying of the main line from the five track Joint Line return loop (holding a total of 156 40' boxcars) in the South to the D&RGW Denver North Yard.
  2. A 3m x 1m (18'x3') model of all of the Denver Union Station and Terminal including all 12 passenger tracks.
  3. UP's Wynkoop St Branch.
  4. C&S Rice Yard and the CB&Q 38th St. Yard.
  5. UP's Pullman shops and the CB&Q 23rd St Shops.
  6. D&RGW's Burnham Shops.

Phase Four: Denver to Glenwood Springs and the Craig Branch

Era: 1947 to 1969

The following are the parts to this  final phase:

  1. Extending the D&RGW main line from Denver and the West Portal of the Moffat Tunnel to Winter Park, Grandby, Kremmling, Bond and Glenwood Springs.
  2.  Laying an extensive D&RGW branch line to Craig, CO.
  3. The building of the Continental Divide over the Rocky Mountains, including Byers Canyon and the Colorado River running through Gore Canyon.