Denver, Colorado

Denver Union Station

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Facing north along Cherry Creek, just southwest of Denver Union Station, the former railroad bridge is seen at Wynkoop Avenue. It is now used as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. Most of the railroad bridges that cros Cherry Creek no longer have rails on them, except for one, which is used by Denver's light-rail transit. Photo by Mike Palmer, May 2009.

Denver Union Station is located in downtown Denver, but sometime over the past 15 years it was converted from a "through terminal" to a "stub terminal". Amtrak's daily "California Zephyr" and the winter-season "Ski Train" still use the terminal.

The D&RGW (now Union Pacific) originally had tracks that extended west from the passenger terminal to the Burnham locomotive shops. There were also parallel freight tracks, from when the downtown warehouse district near the station still received carload freight. These tracks might have belonged to D&RGW also, though it is difficult to determine in the downtown area.

Many of the warehouses have been converted to residences (lofts), similar to other cities. Most of the old tracks have been removed, but some of the loading docks and bridges over Cherry Creek remain. The bridges have been converted to pedestrian/bicycle use.

Thanks to Mike Palmer for contributing information about this route.

This area is being redeveloped by the city of Denver and all of this property is spoken for...

Littleton, CO


The tail track is now gone as are all the tracks at Union Station. Re development is in full swing and Amtrak has been temporarily moved to a new location.

Mark Rutkowski
Denver, CO


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