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DRG&W Railroad - Site Maps & Drawings

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DRG&W Railroad - Site Maps & Drawings
Posted by BuckeyeDon on Thursday, March 18, 2021 2:51 PM

Hello,

I'm looking for any maps and drawings of the major stops along the DRG&W Railroad.  I'm looking for any buildings, yard maps and industries that were served by the railroad circa earily 1900s.  Locations include: Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Walensburg, Alamosa, Antonito, Durango, Silverton, Ridgeway, Montrose, Delta, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Detsero & Bond.  If anyone has any info on these locations, please let me know.

Thanks,

Don

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Posted by RR_Mel on Thursday, March 18, 2021 2:56 PM

This is a great resource.

https://digital.denverlibrary.org/digital/collection/p15330coll22/id/81490/

Just put D&RGW in the search engine.



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Posted by Renegade1c on Thursday, March 18, 2021 3:13 PM

BuckeyeDon

Hello,

I'm looking for any maps and drawings of the major stops along the DRG&W Railroad.  I'm looking for any buildings, yard maps and industries that were served by the railroad circa earily 1900s.  Locations include: Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Walensburg, Alamosa, Antonito, Durango, Silverton, Ridgeway, Montrose, Delta, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Detsero & Bond.  If anyone has any info on these locations, please let me know.

Thanks,

Don

 

Here are the track alignment sheets for most of the Rio Grande network. http://www.drgw.net/info/TrackCharts. Granted many of these alignment sheets are for much later in time than you specified but in many areas the track didn't change too much. 

There is a lot of info on the DRGW on that site. 


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http://www.coloradofrontrangerr.com/

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Posted by hornblower on Thursday, March 18, 2021 4:05 PM

You might want to check out a website called historicaerials.com. This site should allow you to search the D&RGW route using both aerial photo surveys as well as USGS topographical maps.  I was quite suprised to find topographical maps from 1899 that included the tracks of my modeling focus: the Santa Ana & Newport Railroad in Southern California.  Equally surprising was aerial photo surveys from the 1920's!  I was able to look up maps and aerial photos from the 1950's era I'm modeling to verify what I had modeled correctly and what I needed to fix.

Some of the aerial photos are a little grainy but I was able to identify specific buildings.  As some of these buildings are still standing, I used Google Maps Street View for a better look.

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Posted by jjdamnit on Friday, March 19, 2021 11:01 AM

Hello All,

Check out The Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society.

They also have a Facebook page that you can subscribe to.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by Texas Zephyr on Friday, March 19, 2021 5:16 PM

BuckeyeDon
I'm looking for any maps and drawings of the major stops along the DRG&W Railroad.  I'm looking for any buildings, yard maps and industries that were served by the railroad circa earily 1900s.

Early 1900s is vauge.  If you mean pre-WWI it might help if you search for Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG) or  Rio Grande Western (RGW), as the D&RGW did not become an entity until 1921.

As the others have said the D&RGW Historical Society has many maps, I think the entire system.   Just don't know the date.  I purchased the three maps of Pueblo from them some years back.  

https://rgmhs.org/

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Posted by Colorado_Mac on Monday, March 29, 2021 11:35 PM
Colorado Railroad Museum has a large Library they might have what you’re looking for

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 8:25 AM

Back in grad school as a geology student, we had a library upstairs with tons of USGS topography maps includint 7.5 and 15 minuite quadrangles.  I was able to follow the entire line from Denver to SLC and they were photo revised.  There was a surprising amount of detail on them, including RR track configurations, buildings, roads etc.

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Posted by DRGWGJCO on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 11:02 AM

I didn't start this thread but thanks everyone those sources are fantastic.

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