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 16' 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 current version of the Denver's RailRoads N Scale model layout has been under construction since 2015 and was originally to be built in five phases. However recently it has been moved to a new home in Western Australia and has been somewhat modified. The five phrases have been reorganised into three phrases as follows:

Phase 1, Modules 1-5a:
  • Joint Line Loop;

  • Denver Union Terminal;

  • CB&Q/D&RGW Coach Yards;

  • UP & CB&Q 23rd St Shops;

  • C&S Rice Yard;

  • UP Wynkoop Street Branch;

  • D&RGW Burnham Shops

Phase 2, Modules 5b-9:
  • Main Line from Salt Lake City Loop to Utah Jct;

  • East Denver Belt Line;

  • D&RGW North Yard & Industries;

  • UP 36th Yard

Phase 3, Modules 10-12:
  • Coors Brewery Branch;

  • Glenwood Springs Industrial District;

  • D&RGW Moffat Line;

  • D&RGW Craig Branch