Welcome to Denver's RailRoads

In the 1950's and 1960's

Denver's DUT RailRoads

Colorado & Southern (C&S)

C&S is the successor to Colorado's first railroad, the Colorado Central and began operations on January 11, 1899.

Union Pacific (UP)

The UP was incorporated on July 1, 1862.

About this site . . .

Denver's RailRoads is a website dedicated to the railroads that connected directly or indirectly with other railroads at Denver . . . and to Denver itself . . . with its beautiful Denver Union Station, the D&RGW, CB&Q and UP Yards and the D&RGW branch lines to Craig and Aspen the C&S branch line to Golden, CO.

It is intended to be a one-stop source of reference material on these railroads, with an emphasis on the 1950's and 1960's period.

This site is owned and maintained by Dennis Turner, who is in the process of building a DCC operated N scale model layout based called  "Denver's RailRoads"  — a 37' x 13' model layout which is based on the actual railroads that used the Denver Union Terminal (DUT) for passenger operations during the 1950's and Denver's Freight Yards up to 1966, prior to the creation of the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1970.

Over time it is intended to add to this site an extensive collection of photographs and videos related to Denver's RailRoads and to add reference material and links as they are found to be useful or interesting.

On the left of this page are listed the six railroads that are  "Denver's RailRoads." Together they formed the Denver Union Terminal Railway Company (DUT)  on August 17, 1912. In an agreement between Ralf Budd of the CB&Q and William Jeffers of the UP, track 1 of the station would be used by Burlington for their name trains and tracks 2-3-4 by the Union Pacific.

Denver's RailRoads Model Layout

The Denver's RailRoads N Scale model layout will be built in five phases:

Phase 1:

(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 D&RGW branch line from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, CO.

(4) Two branch lines from Aspen to various mines in the region.

Phase 2:

(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 D&RGW's Denver North Yard.

(2) The main line, arrival & departure and classification tracks for D&RGW's Denver North Yard.

Phase 3:

(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 4:

(1) The D&RGW North Yard industries, repair & storage facilities and the M of W branch.

(2) UP's 36th St. Yard.

(3) East Denver Belt Line branch and industries.

Phase 5:

(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.

More Information:

To view a more up to date summary of the progress of each phase please click on the Phase number above.