Rails Around Denver

Rails Around Denver

At the height of America's post-Civil War expansion, Colorado Territory was a land of great hope and opportunity.

Author: Allan C. Lewis

Publisher: Gremese Editore

ISBN: 0738548022

Category: History

Page: 128

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At the height of America's post-Civil War expansion, Colorado Territory was a land of great hope and opportunity. Forged at the confluence of commerce and geography, Colorado became a state in 1876, and Denver, the Queen City of the Plains. To address the growing need for efficient transportation throughout the state, early railroads such as the Kansas Pacific and the Denver and Rio Grande were built in the 1870s. Serving all of these routes was the Denver Union Depot with its commodious dual-gauged tracks. These "steel roads" would become the region's economic lifeblood, hauling freight and passengers to the booming mountain mining towns, returning with ores for processing, and serving as the direct link for passengers and freight between the Rocky Mountains and the industrialized East.
Categories: History

Riding Denver s Rails

Riding Denver s Rails

Even as this book is being written, transit is being hotly discussed in and around Denver. One of the discussions focuses on a new campaign put out by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (known as DRCOG), which includes ...

Author: Kevin Pharris

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781614238959

Category: Transportation

Page: 144

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In 1872, the Mile High City embraced a new way to get around and eventually boasted one of the largest streetcar systems in the nation. Enjoy the varied stops the transit system made as it grew along with the city, from the early horsecars of the Denver Horse Railroad Company and the steam-powered Colfax Avenue Railway to the running cable cars of the Denver Tramway and the electric trolleys of the South Denver Cable Railway Company. Though the last of the city's streetcars were pulled from service in the 1950s, Denver continues to expand its modern public transportation system with today's growing Light Rail. Join Denver historian Kevin Pharris on a tour of the city's glorious transit past as well as the modern improvements that are getting people onto the rails once again.
Categories: Transportation

Rails Around Durango

Rails Around Durango

This new rail connection afforded the budding community a more economical means of transportation , and as the railroad grew , so did Durango . Building a railroad to Durango was only a start as the Denver and Rio Grande continued its ...

Author: Allan C. Lewis

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738548596

Category: History

Page: 127

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In the 1880s, the Denver & Rio Grande began building its three-foot railroad toward the San Juan Mountains alongside the Animas River and the budding community of Durango. The D&RG quickly established itself in Durango, constructing a depot as well as a 45-mile connection to the regional mining hub of Silverton. Over 60 years, the towns, the railroad, and the mines it served would weather plummeting silver values and a turbulent economy. By the end of World War II, declining freight volumes left the future of the railroad in doubt, but by the late 1940s, a growing number of train enthusiasts were journeying to Durango for one last ride. The new popularity of the Silverton Branch brought rail fans to the area in increasing numbers through the 1950s. Today the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to preserve the region's railroading past and has become a unique aspect of the history of Southwestern Colorado.
Categories: History

Rails Around Helper

Rails Around Helper

Work on a railroad grade through central and southern Utah was under way when Denver and Rio Grande founder William Jackson Palmer made a play for a large coal deposit in eastern Utah . In 1881 , railroad official M. T. Burgess chose a ...

Author: SueAnn Martell

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738548065

Category: History

Page: 127

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In 1880, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad was hard-pressed to find a suitable rail route from Grand Junction to Salt Lake City. With the coal deposits of eastern Utah luring them on, railroad officials chose a difficult route over Soldier Summit. The railroad established the town where "helper" engines were attached to the heavy trains, and Helper grew into a division point with branch operations that reached into the nearby canyons to serve the blossoming coal industry. Numerous smaller towns sprang up to service the railroad, and in 1912, the newly incorporated Utah Railway laid tracks to share the right-of-way with the Denver and Rio Grande. The town of Helper is still a mecca for rail fans, and the story of its past lives on.
Categories: History

Rails Around Gold Hill

Rails Around Gold Hill

Construction would involve laying of a third rail between the city of Denver and South Platte station on the C & S narrow gauge line to Leadville and Gunnison , once the famous old Denver South Park & Pacific .

Author: Morris Cafky

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105041825998

Category: Railroads

Page: 463

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Categories: Railroads

Rails Around Fort Worth

Rails Around Fort Worth

Ian Taylor. I M A G E S of Rail Rails aRound FoRt WoRth On the COver: Fort Worth & Denver City employees stand. Front Cover.

Author: Ian Taylor

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781439642757

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

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Railways played a central role in the development of the American West. The railroad came to Fort Worth in 1876, and with it came the boom that transformed a city into a metropolis. From the arrival of the Texas & Pacific Railroad to the streamliners of the postwar era, Fort Worth has always seen the railroad as a vital part of its character. From transcontinental locomotives to the construction of elegant architectural landmarks and to small but convenient interurban passenger lines, railroad history is central to Fort Worth’s development. This is the story of a city’s love affair with technology, transportation, and industry. Through its connection to an emerging country via the railroad, the young frontier town of Fort Worth came to offer as much to the nation’s development as it benefited from it.
Categories: Transportation

Rails Around the World

Rails Around the World

... Revere Beach & Lynn, and Denver, South Park & Fairlie was a visionary: he named his first locomotive Progress This was built for the obscure Neath & Beacon Railway in 1865, but his type caught the attention of the rail- Pacific ...

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 9780760368114

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

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In this visually glorious chronological history, prolific railroad historian and photographer Brian Solomon curates a selection of the world’s most significant trains and locomotives over the last two centuries. Hop aboard to see trains and locomotives at work in scenic locations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Two centuries after iron behemoths first began appearing in Europe and North America, locomotives and trains continue to fascinate folks of all ages. From North American steam and electric-diesel machines designed and built by the likes of Baldwin and General Electric to state-of-the-art electric freight and commuter trains in Europe and Asia, Solomon provides a thorough look at the development of the most famous, most influential, and most technologically advanced trendsetters across more than two centuries, with photography depicting heavy hardware at work in North America, Europe, and Asia. Topics covered include: The Consolidation Type – The most prolific steam locomotive design in America and one of the most common types around the world. Electric pioneers – The earliest commercial applications for Edison, Tesla, and Siemens. Featuring hardware from Germany and Scandinavia. Gas-Electrics and Wind-splitters – Pioneering aerodynamic trains that looked like machines dreamed up by Rube Goldberg. Budd stainless-steel streamliners – Burlington’s famous Zephyr and the trains it inspired swept public imagination. Britain’s Sir Nigel Gresley and his remarkable locomotives – Includes World Famous Flying Scotsman and steam speed record holder Mallard . Electro-Motive’s F-unit – The iconic American diesel that killed steam. Germany’s Flying Hamburger – The pioneer high-speed diesel streamliners from 1932. Stanier’s Black Five and 8F 2-8-0 – Trendsetting British designs that found widespread application as far afield as Turkey and Egypt. Spanish TALGO trains – Innovative lightweight passenger trains sold around the world. Japanese Shinkansen trains – These record-breaking electric trains are the epitome of high-speed rail. French TGVs – Some of the world’s fastest services with trains operating in more than a dozen nations. Soviet M62 diesel – Soviet-era relics continue to work in the former Eastern Bloc. Swedish Rc Electrics – Over the last 50 years, these icons have worked in countries across Europe, as well as Iran. Siemens Vectron – During the last decade this versatile electric design has rapidly displaced older electric locomotives across Europe. In addition to learning about the technology, railfans learn about significant designers, builders, and operators. When it comes to illustrated histories of railroading spanning time and nations, fans of heavy iron will be hard-pressed to find a more compelling collection.
Categories: Transportation

Rails Around Houston

Rails Around Houston

Finally in 1875 , reconstruction began again , and Houston's rail connection with New Orleans finally was achieved in 1880 . ... chartered in 1873 and projected to meet the Denver and Rio Grande in Santa Fe , New Mexico .

Author: Douglas L. Weiskopf

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738558842

Category: History

Page: 127

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Several railroads were chartered by the Republic of Texas, but the first line built was the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado, which began construction near the Port of Houston Turning Basin in 1851. The BBB&C would become the oldest segment of the countryas first transcontinental railroad under sole ownership: the Southern Pacificas Sunset Route, connecting New Orleans and Los Angeles and completed in 1883. By the time oil was discovered near Beaumont in 1901, Houston was such a transportation hub that it became the heart of the petrochemical industry. Houston saw narrow-gauge lines, two interurban lines, light rail, and even a monorail. For many years, the chamber of commerce proudly proclaimed that Houston was the place awhere seventeen railroads meet the sea.a More than 30 beautiful trains with names like Sunset Limited, Sunbeam, Sam Houston Zephyr, Twin Star Rocket, Bluebonnet, Texas Rocket, and Texas Chief would serve three depots.
Categories: History

Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station

I.1 includes the Denver Alternative , both the light rail station and the passenger rail Metro region AND Colorado in its " Purpose " statement , not just FasTracks . Capacity station will accommodate additional rail development ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: NWU:35556038329553

Category:

Page: 4

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The Street Railway Journal

The Street Railway Journal

The first con34 U OL 13 ° -KI DENVER CITY TRAMWAY COMPANY The Denver City Tramway Company has always been a company which has given ... The concrete stringer is brought up around the web of the rail high enough so that brick paving can ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433007721305

Category: Electric railroads

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Categories: Electric railroads