The Colorado & Southern Railway was chartered in Colorado on 19 Dec 1898 to assume control of the Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway?, a formerly Union Pacific-controlled? company that had been in protective receivership as a result of UP?'s bankruptcy on 13 Oct 1893.

In 1899, the CB&Q purchased the C&S, but it continued to operate it as a separate company.

The Fort Worth & Denver Railway? (along with its corporate predecessor, the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway) controlled the portion of the C&S system from Texline, TX, to Fort Worth. The FW&D, while an independent company, had been under the control of the C&S since 1899. The two companies remained separate legal entities until their final merger into the Burlington Northern system in 1981.

The line, functionally operated as part of the Burlington Northern? since its formation in 1970, was officially merged in to the BN on 31 Dec 1981.1

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1 George C. Werner, "COLORADO AND SOUTHERN RAILWAY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 23, 2011.

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