D&RGW Employee Timetables

Employee Timetables

Employee Timetables were issued for "the exclusive guidance of Employees; not for the information of the Public." Employee Timetables govern the day-to-day operation of the railroad, giving information about stations, mileposts, speed limits, equipment restrictions, and rules governing the railroad division they were issued for. They generally only included Passenger trains, both 1st and 2nd class.

A more complete list of Rio Grande employee timetables can be found at  http://idrgw.com/ETT/ETTMain.htm. However each page of every timetable has been scanned as an individual jpg or gif picture file, making it very cumbersome and time consuming  to work your way through a timetable. All of the timetables on Denver's RailRoads site are complete multipage pdf files.

Denver & Salt Lake Railroad

The Denver and Salt Lake Railway (D&SL) was originally incorporated in 1902 as the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific (DN&P) Railway, it had as a goal a direct connection of Denver, Colorado, with Salt Lake City, Utah. It underwent numerous reorganisations throughout its financially troubled history and by the time the company was acquired, in 1931, by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW), it had advanced only as far as Craig, Colorado. After the acquisition the line was connected to the D&RGW main, and used to give the D&RGW a more direct route to Denver. The portions of the railroad still in use today are known as the Moffat Tunnel Subdivision of Union Pacific Railroad's Central Corridor. 

Denver Division 1947-1963

Denver Division covers the "Joint Line" between Denver and Pueblo.  The line is jointly owned and operated by the D&RGW and the AT&SF, as a result of USRA oversight during World War I.  Denver Division eventually became known officially as the Joint Line in the published timetables.

Joint Line Division 1963-1989

Joint Line Division covers the trackage between Denver and Pueblo, Colorado.  The line is jointly owned and operated by the D&RGW and the AT&SF, as a result of USRA oversight in World War I.  The Joint Line was previously known as the Denver Division.  Note that timetable #1 is titled as the Denver Division.  It is included as part of the Joint Line Division as well since it is the start of a new numbering scheme, as well as a new timetable size.

Grand Junction Division 1936-1960

Grand Junction Division includes the trackage from Salida on west to Minturn, Grand Junction and Helper, along with the ancillary branches.  The original narrow gauge transcontinental mainline was transferred to Grand Junction Division from the Alamosa Division in Grand Junction #137, January 11, 1953.  These lines were later abandoned.  Grand Junction Division was later split, with the lines east of Grand Junction going to the Colorado Division and the lines west of Grand Junction going to the Utah Division (along with the Montrose and North Fork branches).

Pueblo Division 1941-1960

Pueblo Division originally consisted of the lines from Pueblo to Salida, Pueblo to La Veta, and Pueblo southward.  In timetable #163, trackage from La Veta to Alamosa, and all the lines from Alamosa south and west were transferred from Alamosa Division.  This included the remaining narrow gauge lines from Antonito to Cumbres, Chama, and thence to Durango, Farmington and Silverton.  Pueblo Division was eventually incorporated in Colorado Division.

Colorado Division 1961-1970

Colorado Division is a rollup of all subdivisions in the Grand Junction, Pueblo and Pueblo (Moffat) Divisions with the following exceptions:  Grand Junction to Helper (sub #5), Sunnyside branch (sub #5A),  Montrose branch (sub #16) and the North Fork branch (sub #16A) went to the new Utah Division.  Both Colorado Division and Utah Division were eventually included in a single System timetable.

Utah Division 1961-1970

Utah Division is a rollup of all subdivisions in the Salt Lake Division with the following additions from the former Grand Junction Division:  Grand Junction to Helper (sub #5), Sunnyside branch (sub #5A), Montrose branch (sub #16) and the North Fork branch (sub #16A).  Utah Railway owns and has trackage rights along some sections of this track.   Both the Colorado Division and the Utah Division were eventually included in a single System timetable.

Source: http://idrgw.com/ETT/ETTMain.htm  and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_and_Salt_Lake_Railway