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Colorado & Southern, Fort Worth & Denver Train Pictures

The Denver, Texas, and Gulf Railroad acquired rights over the Denver & Rio Grande between Pueblo and Trinidad in 1887. It added the third rail to make the line standard gauge and then began building toward Texline. The Colorado & Southern began as a collection of bankrupt narrow gauge railways in 1898. The C&S came under the control of the CB&Q in 1908 although it continued to operate as a separate company. Around 1910 the C&S acquired control of the Fort Worth and Denver City. Construction of the Fort Worth and Denver City began in north Fort Worth in November 1881 and reached Wichita Falls in September 1882. The line reached Harrold in 1885, Chillicothe in 1886, Amarillo in 1887 and met the Denver, Texas, and Gulf Railroad 30 miles into New Mexico on March 14, 1888. Both the C&S and FW&DC shifted from dispatching trains via telegraph to telephone in 1921. The Fort Worth and Denver City was renamed the Fort Worth and Denver Railway Company on August 7, 1951.

Burlington Northern train 151 with Colorado & Southern SD45 at Bowie, Texas

Traffic on this line must have been something as the railroad added CTC between Estelline and Wichita Falls in the 40s. During the late 60s, there was very little traffic on this line. With the opening of the Powder River Basin in the early 70s coal traffic to Texas boomed. Locomotives from connecting railroads at Fort Worth were pooled with BN power. During the late 70s and early 80s BN was using SD40s and U30Cs. Pool power from the MKT and Santa Fe was SD40s. SP units were SD40s and U33Cs.

Not much changed on the line operationally, until the BN added CTC between Trinidad and Des Moines in the mid80s and then added block signals between Amarillo and Des Moines around 1990. The segment from Estelline to Amarillo remained dark territory until a head on collision near Clarendon in May 2002. The railroad then began installing CTC islands on this segment.

A few pictures have been added to this gallery from a short trip I made in 2006. These pictures are not high resolution pictures from slides but snap shots from an HD video camera. Those pages will not have disk numbers. I've also added a few timetable pages as reference:
former ATSF Boise City Subdivision
former FW&D Dalhart Subdivision
plus Red River and Wichita Falls Subs

Lynn, CO
Ludlow
Des Moines, NM
Grande
Grenville
Mount Dora
Royce
Clayton
Texline
Dalhart
Amarillo
exATSF Dumas
Kasota
Clarendon
Ashtola
Hedley
Memphis
Carey
Quanah
Chillicothe
Vernon
Iowa Park
Henrietta
Dick Worsham
Bellevue
Bowie
Fruitland
Alvord
Decatur
Herman
Saginaw
North Yard
Tower 60
Fort Worth

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