Colorado Railroad Map

The Colorado railroad map is the best way to explain the expanse of the rail system in early Colorado.  From the mid 1800's, railroads were slow to enter Colorado.

But with the gold rush and westward migration, many eastern railroad companies jumped on the band wagon and clamored to build in Colorado.

All told, according to the railroad map, 19 rail lines were running in the state into the 20th century.

I've split the map in two parts, to enable quick loading of the information.

The eastern part of the state comprises the plains and foothills.

The western area, are routes into the Colorado Rocky Mountains and further west into Utah.

As you can see from the eastern part of Colorado, many rail lines came from Kansas and Nebraska.

The guide below the maps show the corresponding railroads, by number and alphabetically, to those of the Colorado map.

Eastern Colorado Railroad Map

Central and Western Railroad Map

Below is the railroad guide to show which lines ran in the eastern and central/western parts of the state.

4 - Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe

11 - Burlington Northern Railway

21 - Colorado Railroad Museum

15 - Coors Railroad

9 - Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

8 - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

14 - Denver & Rio Grande Western

1 - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

23 - Georgetown Loop Railroad

13 - Great Western Railroad

19 - Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

24 - Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway

3 - Moffat Tunnel

7 - Rio Grande Southern

26 - Royal Gorge Railway

6 - San Luis Central Railroad

18 - Tiny Town Railroad

25 - Union Pacific Railroad

The maps and railroad guide are courtesy of the Colorado Railroad Museum.  You can see what an important part Colorado played in the expansion of the railroads to the Pacific.

Not only did they help settle the state by bringing in supplies and taking out gold and other minerals, but the railroads brought in travelers from the east looking to make their fortune or be part of the westward expansion of our country.

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