Manitou Branch Facts
The Manitou Branch ran 5.25 miles west from the D&RG/D&RGW's Colorado Springs yard out to Manitou, CO. It paralleled the Colorado Midland right of way along its entire length, and followed the path of what is today US Hwy 24. (The two lines had an interchange near 8th Street.) The route was cut back at least twice, with abandonments in 1939 and 1971, and then the final abandonment was sometime in the late 1980s / early 1990s.
The Colorado City depot was located near where the line crossed S 22nd St. The depot burned in 1931 and was not replaced.1
Manitou Branch Industries
Manitou Branch Timetable
1 From an email from Mel McFarland to the Colorado Railfan email list, 1 Nov 2011 at 1536h MDT. ⇑
2 From an email from Mel McFarland to the Colorado Railfan email list, 1 Nov 2011 at 2033h MDT. ⇑