D&RG / D&RGW Orient Branch History

Orient Branch Facts
From: Villa Grove, CO
To: Orient, CO
Miles: 8.2
Built: 1881
Abdnd: 1942

The Orient Branch was originally built in 1881 to connect Colorado Coal & Iron's Orient Mine with the newly constructed narrow gauge mainline at Mears Junction. This would allow iron ore (iron-rich limestone known as limonite) to be hauled from the Orient mine to the furnaces at Pueblo. By 1890, an extension of the line from Villa Grove to Alamosa turned the northern part of the route over Poncha Pass into part of the narrow gauge mainline known as the Valley Line. Everything to the east of Villa Grove became the new Orient Branch.

The line lasted until sometime between 1933 and 1940.

Orient Branch Timetable Information

Orient Branch Timetable

245.3Villa Grove, COWCYConnection to Valley Line
250.8Decorate In 1923 Official Roster, not in 1932 timetable

Timetable History

1888-1932Third Division, Third District
1932-1949D&RGW Alamosa Division Timetables, Subdivision 15-A
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