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Great Western Railway of Colorado
The Great Western Railway of Colorado was chartered in 1901 by the Great Western Sugar Company to transport sugar beet. It had a maximum trackage of 69.6 miles after purchasing the Denver, Laramie and Northwestern Railroad in 1917 in the hope of reaching Denver, but this railroad proved prone to disastrous flooding and the Great Western Reverted to its original mileage of 57. It did, however, inherit two McKeen motor cars from the Denver, Laramie and Northwestern, and used these to provide a passenger service, although this was never a success and was taken off in 1926. The Great Western Railway possessed 9 steam locomotives. Beside the sugar beat traffic the line later contracted with a number of commercial firms including Anheuser-Busch, Eastman-Kodak and Simplot. It is currently operated by OmniTrax Inc.
Map of the Great Western Railway of Colorado and connections
Great Western Railway 2-8-0 No. 1, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1904
Great Western Railway 2-10-0 No. 90, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1924 and now preserved on the Strasburg Steam Railroad in Pennsylvania. Image from Wikipedia Commons by James G. Howes, 1989
Great Western Railway McKeen motor car "Greeley", taken over from the Denver, Laramie & Northwestern in 1917 and used to operate a passenger service until 1926
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