INSET: CENTRAL DENVER
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DISCONTINUATION DATES OF STREETCAR TRACKS AFTER 1946 MAY 12 (affected route numbers in parantheses)
- 1947 Nov. 1: Welton St. - E.28t Av. (28)
- 1948 June 6: E.17th Av. - Colorado Blvd. - 23rd Av. - Park Hill (Hudson St.) (20, 40)
- 1948 Nov. 7: E. 6th Av. (6)
- 1949 Sept. 4: Stout St. - Downing St. - E.34th Av. (64); Knox Court - Barnum (75); Larimer St. & W. Colfax Av. (61)
- 1949 Oct. 23: Penn St. - S.Pearl St. - [E.Jewel Av.] / [E.Evans Av. - Denver U.] (7, 8)
- 1950 June 3: Broadway (1, 2, 3, 5); E. Alameda Av. - S.Gaylord St. - E.Louisiana Av. (5); E. Colfax Av. (10, 14); Delaware St. - Elati St. - W.6th Av. (72); Southern Interurban route to Lakewood - Golden (84)
- 1950 July 2: Rest of the Interurban network (81, 82, 83)
Operator: Denver Tramway Corporation (DT)
|1||Broadway||Central Loop - 15th St. - Broadway - Alaska Av.|
|2||Broadway||Central Loop - 15th St. - Broadway - Colorado Av.|
|3||Englewood||Central Loop - 15th St. - Broadway - Colorado Av. - Englewood (Hampden Av.)|
|5||Berkeley / S. Gaylord||Berkeley Pk. - W.32nd Av. - 16th St. - 17th St. - Broadway - E. Alameda Av. - S.Gaylord St. - E.Louisiana Av.|
|6||E 6th Av.||Union Depot - 17th St. - Broadway - E 6th Av. - Madison St.|
|7||S. Pearl||Central Loop - 15th St. - Broadway - E 1st Av. - Penn St. - S.Pearl St. - E.Jewel Av.|
|8||University Park||Central Loop - 15th St. - Broadway - E 1st Av. - Penn St. - S.Pearl St. - E.Evans Av. - Denver U.|
|10||Colfax||Central Loop - 15th St. - E.Colfax Av. - Birch St.|
|14||Aurora||Central Loop - 15th St. - E.Colfax Av. - Montclair (Quebec St.)|
|20||E 17th Av.||Union Depot - 17th St. - E.17th Av. - City Park (Monroe St.)|
|28||W 44th Av. / E 28th Ave.||Berkeley Pk. - Lowell Blvd. - 44th Av. - Tejon St. - 16th St. - 17th St. - Welton St. - E.28th Av. - Josephine St.|
|40||Park Hill||Union Depot - 17th St. - E.17th Av. - Colorado Blvd. - 23rd Av. - Park Hill (Hudson St.)|
|61||Larimer||Sheridan Blvd. - W.Colfax Av. - Larimer St. - E40th Ave. & High St.|
|64||E 34th Av.||Central Loop - 15th St. - Stout St. - Downing St. - E.34th Av. - Cook St.|
|72||Cherokee||Central Loop - 15th St. - [15th St.] [Back: Curtis St. - 17th St. - Larimer St.] - Curtis St. - 13th St. - Delaware St. - Elati St. - W.6th Av.|
|75||Barnum||Central Loop - Larimer St. - W.Colfax Av. - Federal Blvd. - Knox Court - Barnum|
|81||Arvada||Interurban Loop - 16th St. - W.32nd Av. - Berkeley Pk. - Arvada|
|82||Leyden||Interurban Loop - 16th St. - W.32nd Av. - Berkeley Pk. - Arvada - Leyden|
|83||Golden||Interurban Loop - 16th St. - W.32nd Av. - Berkeley Pk. - Golden|
|84||Golden||Interurban Loop - Champa St. - Larimer St. - W.Colfax Av. - Federal Blvd. - W.12th Av. - Lakewood - Golden|
NB: Routes 81-84 were Interurban lines. Route 84 was operated by the Denver & Intermountain RR, a subsidiary of DT.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Streetcars: ca. 180 km.
- Horse-drawn streetcars: 17 Dec. 1871 - 1890.
- Electric streetcars (1st generation): 1888 - 3 June 1950.
- Light rail (2nd generation):7 Oct. 1994 - today.
- Commuter rail: 22 Apr. 2016 - today.
- Cable cars: 1888 - 1900.
- Horse-drawn streetcars: 1067 mm.
- Streetcars (1st generation): 1067 mm.
- Interurban: 1067 mm. (routes 81,82,83); 1435 mm. (route 84).
- Light rail (2nd generation) and Commuter rail: 1435 mm.
- Lietwiler, C. "Denver: The politics of expansion", Light Rail & Modern Tramway, Aug. 1996 (59: 704), p.300-301.
- Lietwiler, C. "Denver: Winds of change are blowing cold", Light Rail & Modern Tramway, June 1995 (58: 699), p.170-175.
- Pharris, K. Riding Denver's Rails: A Mile-High Streetcar History. Charleston (SC): The History Press, 2013.
- Robertson, D. & Forrest, K. Denver's Street Railways, Vol. 3: The Interurbans. Golden (CO): Colorado Railroad Museum, 2010.
- Simons, V. "Denver - FasTracks slowed by regulatory approvals", Tramways & Urban Transit, Oct. 2017 (80: 958), p.370-373.
- Simons, V. "FasTracks: Denver's Big Bang", Tramways & Urban Transit, July 2013 (76: 907), p.294-298.
- Simons, V. "Ups and downs in Denver", Tramways & Urban Transit, Feb. 2020 (83: 986), p.294-298.
- Wansbeek, C.J. "Denver: Light rail expansion in all directions", Tramways & Urban Transit, March 2007 (70: 831), p.92-95.
Special thanks to Russell Powers from Denver CO for information on the history of the Denver system.
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