Grande Freight & Passenger Trains
from "Discussion Program, Denver and Rio Grande Western
Railroad 1941-1942, The Pueblo Division" by E. W. Deuel,
Superindendent, October 6, 1941
This material is presented verbatim from a copy of Mr. Deuel's
remarks. It has been re-formatted for presentaiton on the
Trains - D&RGW and Connections
as the Scenic Limited. Westbound, it leaves Denver daily
at 8:40 a.m. - operates through to Ogden via Royal Gorge
Route, and has following connections to make on Pueblo Division.
Denver - Cars received from CB&Q No. 39 - Expostion
Pueblo - Connects with Missouri Pacific No. 15 from St.
Louis at which point a through line Express car is received
from the Missouri Pacific.
Scenic Limited on the eastbound run from Ogden to Denver,
leaves Salida at 1:00 p.m., connects with Missouri Pacific
No. 16 at Pueblo (exchange through express) and arrives Denver
7:30 p.m., at which point it connects with CB&Q Aristocrat,
and also makes exchange of passenger to Union Pacific and
other evening trains.
is a Missouri Pacific train running through between Denver
and St. Louis, which is handled by the D&RGW between Denver
and Pueblo. Leaving Denver at 3:40 p.m., it arrives at Pueblo
at 6:30 p.m. where it is scheduled out via Missouri Pacific
at 6:40 p.m. No. 3 receives standard Pullman from train No.
6 at Denver, which car runs between Salt Lake and St. Louis
is a Missouri Pacific train running from St. Louis to Denver.
It arrives Pueblo on the Missouri Pacific at 5:50 a.m. and
is handled by the D&RGW beyond, leaving Pueblo 6:00 a.m.
and arriving Denver 8:45 a.m. This train carries a Pullman
standard that runs through from St. Louis to Salt Lake, the
car being switched into train No. 5 at Denver.
westbound Exposition Flyer. Leaves Denver 9:05 a.m. and arrives
Bond 1:22 p.m. At Denver, it connects with CB&Q's Exposition
Flyer and equipment runs through between Chicago and San Francisco.
In addition, as already indicated, No. 5 receives a standard
Pullman at Denver from train No. 4
eastbound Exposition Flyer. It is received at Bond at 7:28
a.m. and arrives Denver 11:50 a.m. This train consists of
through equipment San Francisco to Chicago, and one Pullman
for No. 3 enroute Missouri Pacific to St. Louis. At Denver,
balance of train is delivered to CB&Q and leaves Denver
via that line at 12:15 p.m.
from Denver to Salida. It leaves Denver at 7:30 p.m. and arrives
Salida 8:30 a.m. It has no connections at Denver, but at Pueblo
it splits, and four of its cars, consisting of baggage, coach
and Pullman, are run as No. 115 from Pueblo to Alamosa. Schedules
for No. 115 calls for it leaving Pueblo at 11:25 p.m. and
arriving Alamosa at 4:30 a.m. At Pueblo, three baggage cars
of merchandise and one trailer flat car are added to No. 115
for Alamosa. Tow of this baggage cars and the trailer load
at Denver and are moved Denver to Pueblo in freight train
No. 35, the other baggage car of merchandise loads at Pueblo.
The schedule for the balance of No. 15 calls for it leaving
Pueblo at 11:15 p.m. and arriving Salida at 2:30 a.m. This
latter portion of the trains consists of mail, baggage and
coach - three cars.
from Salida to Denver, leaving Salida at 12:15 a.m. and arriving
Denver at 7:15 a.m. It handles three cars Salida to Pueblo,
where it connects with No. 116 from Alamosa and picks up No.
116's equipment which it handles Pueblo to Denver. No. 116
leaves Alamosa at 9:40 p.m. and arrives Pueblo 2:45 a.m.
Trains - D&RGW and Connections
Denver & Salt Lake
Denver to Bond, is due out of Denver at 5:00 a.m. daily, via
the cut-off, arrives Bond 12:15 p.m., and had following connections:
CB&Q No. 61 and 63, CB&Q No. 67, CRI&P No. 91
and 97 and UP No. 251. During the past several months business
received from these connections has made it necessary to run
two sections of the "Ute" almost each day.
out of Denver 8:00 p.m. arrives in Bond at 4:45 a.m. and connects
with CRI&P No. 91 and CB&Q No. 61. This train also
has a connection one day a week with No. 68 from Pueblo, to
handle meat from Nuckolls Packing Company for Salt Lake. In
addition to these connections, this train handles all merchandise
and other business loaded at Denver for the Western Slope.
there are three of these schedules known as the "HX",
"SX", and "CS". The HX is the Western
Pacific block, due out of Bond 2:15 p.m., arriving Denver
2:50 a.m. Upon arriving in Denver we have two set-outs to
dispose of on each one of these fruit blocks. The CB&Q
business is set out at Prospect. CRI&P and UP business
is set out at 7th St. Yard, and crew goes to Burnham.
The SX is business received from the SP at Ogden. This block
is due out of Bond at 3:00 p.m. and arrives in Denver at 2:50
a.m. The CS schedule is late departure business from the SP
at Ogden, and we have more difficulty making schedule with
this train than any other because it is set back to zero hour
for departure at Ogden, and has to overtake the two preceding
trains - the HX and the SX. The CS leaves Bond at 5:00 p.m.
and arrives in Denver at 2:50 a.m.
Denver & Rio Grande Western
as "The Rocket" This train was inaugurated to overcome
truck competition in the movement of LCL business to Colorado
points and make early morning delivery to all points except
San Juan Basin in extreme Southwestern part of the State.
Our freight house at Denver closes at 6:30 p.m. The merchandise
is taken to 4th Avenue, from which point train departs at
7:00 p.m. and arrives in Pueblo at 10:45 p.m. Train is switched
here and merchandise for San Luis Valley and San Juan Basin
is put on Train No. 115 for delivery at Alamosa at 4:30 a.m.
We have a trailer flat equipped for Passenger Service, upon
which one or two units of Rio Grande Motor Way are loaded
and upon arrival at Alamosa the flat is switched to a ramp.
Diesel highway engine is then backed onto this unit and leaves
quickly as possible for San Juan Basin without any further
handling, arriving Durango about 11:00 a.m. From Pueblo, Train
No. 35 departs 11:30 p.m. arrives Salida at 4:30 a.m. with
merchandise for Gunnison, Montrose, and other Western Slope
train originates at Denver. It is due out of Denver at 9:30
p.m. and arrives in Pueblo at 3:00 a.m. It handles perishables
diverted from Team Tracks and other business originating in
Denver; connects at Pueblo with Missouri Pacific fruit blocks
train is due out of Pueblo at 10:00 p.m. and arrives in Denver
at 3:30 a.m. It connects with Missouri Pacific No. 75 at Pueblo
and handle Mo. Pac. buisness for Colorado Springs and Denver.
This is one of our most important trains into Denver as it
handles business for industries which originates in the East
and South, and which must be placed for early morning Denver
train, leaving Pueblo at 1:15 p.m. and arriving in Denver
at 7:00 p.m., handles business into Pueblo on Missouri Pacific
train No. 61. It connects with trains handling perishable
business from San Luis Valley, and also makes connection with
Rio Grande No. 75 at Denver to move Nuckolls Packing Company
meat for Salt Lake one day each week.
from Pueblo to Ogden, leaving Pueblo at 3:30 a.m. and arriving
Salida at 7:00 a.m. This train connects with Missouri Pacific
No. 75 and Missouri Pacific No. 61. Present business is requiring
two sections of this train almost every day. This is a comparable
schedule with the "Ute" out of Denver via Bond,
as both are scheduled to arrive Salt Lake at the same time.
Salida to Pueblo, we have the following fruit block schedules:
WPF, due out of Salida 8:15 p.m., arriving at Pueblo at 1:00
a.m. This train handle Western Pacific business routed via
Pueblo to Missouri Pacific, Santa Fe and Colorado and Southern.
SPF, due out of Salida at 8:45 p.m., arriving Pueblo at 1:15
a.m. It handles Southern Pacific business from Ogden, routed
Pueblo to Missouri Pacific, Santa Fe and Colorado & Southern.
CSP, due out of Salida 10:30 p.m. arriving in Pueblo at 2:10
a.m. Handles late connections from Ogden, leaving there at
zero hour, and overtakes earlier trains insofar as connections
at Pueblo concerned.
train operates from Pueblo to Trinidad, being scheduled to
leave Pueblo at 11:30 p.m. and arrive in Trinidad at 7:00
a.m. It connects with No. 35 out of Denver, and handles merchandise
and other business to Trinidad six days per week. This schedule
beats C&S or AT&SF from Denver to Trinidad by several
hours, which is desirable.
from Pueblo to Alamosa, leaving Pueblo at 11:30 p.m. and arriving
in Alamosa at 8:30 a.m. This train connects with No. 35 and
Missouri Pacific 75 at Pueblo, and handles all business for
San Luis Valley and San Juan Basin, other than merchandise
that is moved on No. 115.
from Alamosa to Pueblo, being scheduled out of Alamosa at
4:30 a.m. and arriving in Pueblo at 4:30 p.m. It handles vegetables
out of the San Luis Valley about six months out of the year,
for connections with Missouri Pacific No. 68 at Pueblo; also,
C&S connection at Walsenburg, and Santa Fe connection
at Pueblo. Denver business for following morning delivery
is also handled on this train.
At the time that the above information was presented, the
Pueblo Division was comprised of all Rio Grande main and branch
lines east of Salida and Alamosa. In a sense, it also included
a portion of the Denver & Salt Lake main line between
Utah Junction and Orestod. Although Rio Grande trains operated
on the D&SL main between these two points were supervised
by the D&SL, the trains were operated by Pueblo Division
power and crews.
As was noted in Mr. Deuel's remarks, "The importance
of the division is well indicated by the fact that on its
lines are such important Rio Grande terminal cities as Denver,
Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Walsenburg, Trinidad, and Canon