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Denver Pacific Railway & Telegraph Company (1867-1880)

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Overview

Denver Pacific was completed in June 1870; operated by Kansas Pacific after September 1879; locomotives renumbered to KP series in 1879.

Consolidated in January 1880 with Union Pacific Railroad and Kansas Pacific Railway to form the Union Pacific Railway.

(See also: Kansas Pacific History page)

Timeline

November 19, 1867
Denver Pacific Railway & Telegraph Company was Incorporated

March 3, 1869
"An Act of Congress approved on March 3, 1869 authorized the transfer of lands granted to Union Pacific Railway Company, Eastern Division between Denver and the point of its connection with the Union Pacific Rail Road to Denver Pacific Railway & Telegraph Company." The act also allowed the UPED to contract with Denver Pacific for the construction, operation and maintenance of its line between Denver and Cheyenne, and for the UPED to transfer perpetual use of its right of way and depot grounds, and the transfer of all rights and priviledges of UPED to Denver Pacific.

March 19, 1869
In accordance with the Act of Congress mentioned above, on March 19, 1869, UPED entered into a contract with Denver Pacific granting those rights and priviledges. The contract provided that the Denver Pacific would be completed between Denver and Cheyenne by January 1, 1871.

(Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division became Kansas Pacific Railway on March 3, 1869)

January 1, 1870
Construction was completed between Cheyenne and Evans, Colorado (58 miles)

March 1870
First two locomotives were delivered

May 30, 1870
Construction was completed between Evans, Colorado, and Johnson (near Platteville), Colorado (additional 16 miles; total of 74 miles)

June 1870
Three additional locomotives were delivered.

June 9, 1870
Construction was completed from Johnson, Colorado, to Hughes (now Brighton), Colorado (additional 13 miles; total of 87 miles)

June 23, 1870
Construction was completed from Hughes to Denver (additional 19 miles; total of 106 miles)

July 1871
The last of a total of six locomotives was delivered.

Independent ownership and operation until receivership on April 2, 1878, with Jay Gould and Russell Sage as principle bondholders

Operated by receivers, for the interests of the bondholders, from April 2, 1878 to September 27, 1879

September 27, 1879
Operated by Kansas Pacific (which was also controlled by Jay Gould)

January 24, 1880
Merged with Union Pacific Railroad and Kansas Pacific Railway to form Union Pacific Railway.

February 1, 1880
Property transferred to Union Pacific Railway Company.

Locomotives

Denver Pacific 4-4-0 -- 4 locomotives

Road
Number
Original
Name
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1879 KP
Number
DP 23 John Evans Baldwin 2506 Jul 1871 KP 123
DP 24 Walter Cheesman Baldwin 2173 Jun 1870 KP 124
DP 25 Thomas Edgerton Baldwin 2172 Jun 1870 KP 125
DP 26 David H. Moffat Baldwin 2171 Jun 1870 KP 126

Description:

Drive Wheel Diameter: 61 inches
Cylinders: 16x24 inches

General Notes:

a. For unknown reasons, these DP locomotives were numbered in reverse sequence from their delivery dates
   

Denver Pacific 4-4-0 -- 2 locomotives

Road
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1879 KP
Number
Notes
DP 27 Baldwin 2106 Mar 1870 KP 127 1
DP 28 Baldwin 2109 Mar 1870 KP 128 2

Description:

Drive Wheel Diameter: 56 inches
Cylinders: 16x24 inches

Notes:

1. Built as DP 27 in 1870; to KP 127 in 1879; to UPRy 365 in 1885 (assigned to Cheyenne Division); vacated between 1894 and 1898
2. Built as DP 28 in 1870; to KP 128 in 1879; to UPRy 366 in 1885 (assigned to Cheyenne Division); vacated between 1894 and 1898

Sources

Union Pacific Railroad. Corporate History of Union Pacific Railroad Company, As of June 30, 1919; in compliance with ICC Valuation Order No. 20, page 125

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