This abandoned railway ran through Grover, Colorado, and shows up on maps as early as 1895. It was abandoned in the 1970s.
Sterling, CO to Cheyenne, WY
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There is a small section of track just to the south of I-80 in Cheyenne
The roadbed is now a gravel road to the abandoned section
I think it goes about 1/2 a mile or so & you can see it on Google Earth clearly
Also this is the same track that went around the Cheyenne Depot to the current BNSF track
The Cheyenne Line of the CB&Q.
The book intitled "Sterling, Crossroads on the Prairie" has many photos of this line. There is an interesting photo taken from the tender of a train going through Willard. Showing 4 elevators along the south side of the tracks. Today the last 2 (most east) in the photo are all that are still standing. At one time in the later 1800's or early 1900's, Willard had more grain facilities than any other place in Eastern Colorado.
Also there is a preserved depot in Grover, Colorado
Need to visit it sometime
The line from Cheyenne to Sterling was known as The Cheyenne Line, per author, Jack H. Gillette, who published a 241-page book by the same name in 1997. It is subtitled, The Prairie Railroad. From its western-most point along Reed Avenue in downtown Cheyenne it's easy to identify most of the original due-east line to a point about 3/4 of a mile east of College Drive where it curved sharply to the southeast and was laid either over or under the original Union Pacific line. From there it is now a Cheyenne street named Burlington Trail that is a very wide, washboard dirt road to HR Ranch Road, which is just due south of I80. Walking south/southeast from here the last rails and ties are still visible in places starting about 200 feet from HR Ranch Road extending about 1/5 of a mile. A recent and adjacent gas line project, as well as wind and the elements, have covered over most of the rails and ties in this 1/5 miles section. But they are still visible in 5 to 10 foot increments, which makes walking this strip a fun abandoned rail experience. It appears that homeless and transients have set up temporary camps in a section on both sides of the tracks, especially in the slightly wooded areas along this section. The original line, which continues south and soon begins to curve east, remains distinctly visible.