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Transportation Company - Colorado & Southern - Railroad

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Transportation Company - Colorado & Southern - Railroad
Company Name Colorado & Southern
Category Railroad
Year Founded 1898
Final Year of Operation 1981
Termination Merged
Successor/Parent Burlington Northern (Details)
Country United States (Details)
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Transportation Company - Colorado & Southern - Railroad



Company History: C&S was formed in 1898 with the consolidation of the Union Pacific Denver & Gulf and the Denver Leadville & Gunnison, both of whom had been under the control of Union Pacific prior to falling into receivership. C&S was best known for their 3’ gauge lines built westward from Denver by the Colorado Central (the so called “Clear Creek Lines” to Black Hawk, Central City, and Georgetown including the famous Georgetown Loop) and the Denver South Park & Pacific (southwest to Como, Climax, Leadville and for a short time, Gunnison.) However, the narrow gauge portion was a small fraction of the Colorado & Southern system.

The standard gauge portion started from a point north of Wendover, Wyoming south through Cheyenne, Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Trinidad and on to Texline on the New Mexico – Texas border. There they connected with their subsidiary Fort Worth & Denver City Railway to Fort Worth and other Texas cities. C&S also controlled the Trinity & Brazos Valley which gave them friendly connections all the way to the port of Galveston. (We’ll cover the FW&D, T&BV and other C&S subsidiaries on future RRotD’s.) The mainline also included the famous “joint line” used by C&S, Santa Fe, and Rio Grande between Denver and Pueblo.

In 1908, Chicago Burlington & Quincy (who connected with C&S in Denver, Cheyenne and Wendover) bought about two thirds of C&S shares and took control. CB&Q was jointly controlled by Great Northern and Northern Pacific and the goal was to secure a through route from the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf of Mexico. C&S adopted CB&Q practices for steam locomotive designs and before long the “Burlington Route” shield appeared on tenders but with C&S lettering on the cabs. Other than that, C&S and FW&D were left to manage their own affairs to a large extent.

In 1937, the old South Park narrow gauge mainline was abandoned leaving only a short stub between Climax and Leadville to connect a molybdenum mine to a standard gauge Rio Grande branch. Four years later, the Clear Creek lines were abandoned and the Climax branch was standard gauged bringing an end to all C&S narrow gauge operations. The Climax branch would go on to host the last regular standard gauge freight service with a steam locomotive by a Class 1 railroad. 2-8-0 #641 would last drop its fire on October 11, 1962.

C&S pressed on through the diesel era with locomotives in CB&Q and later successor Burlington Northern paint but sub-lettered for C&S. Colorado & Southern was finally merged into Burlington Northern on the last day of 1981.

Successor/Parent History:
The Burlington Northern Railroad (reporting mark BN) was a United States railroad. It was a product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads - the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad - as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four.

Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996.

Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors.

Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (later renamed BNSF Railway), which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.*

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Brief History:
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Item created by: gdm on 2017-10-12 12:26:05. Last edited by gdm on 2019-08-06 10:51:50

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