INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

COLORADO

Rio Grande Trailways and a few related companies were the most significant bus companies in Colorado, while Greyhound had a smaller presence. Those Trailways companies were affiliated with the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, the most significant railroad operating in the state.


1976 MAP

Color coded map shows intercity bus routes in existence in 1976.

Blue indicates Greyhound, red indicates Trailways. Additional colors indicate significant independent bus companies, and are identified with labels. Black indicates smaller independent companies.

Thin blue or red lines indicate routes which were once part of Greyhound or Trailways, but later transferred to independent bus companies.




US    2005/1976     Cities    Greyhound or   Year     Original   Year     Consol-
Hwy.  Russell's     Served    Trailways      Intro-   Company    Consol-  idated
No.   Guide                   Company or     duced               idated   Company
      Table                   Division

  6 7096 8370  Sterling-Denver           BTC(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 BTC
  6  555 8520  Denver-Frisco             RGN(T)  1936  ---------------  1936 RGN
  6  555 8520  Frisco-Grand Jct.         RGN(T)  1928  Lent & Peterson  1935 RGN
 24  360  572  Oakley-Limon              SWGL    1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 24      4691  Limon-Colorado Springs          Colorado Springs Limon Transp. Co.
 24      8523  Buena Vista-Leadville     RGN(T)  1928  Lent & Peterson  1935 RGN
 34            Fort Morgan-Greeley       BTC(T)
 36  360 8362  St. Francis-Denver        SFT(T)        Cardinal Stage   1933 SKS
 40  360  572  Limon-Denver              SWGL    1925  Denver-Limon     1929 YEL
 40       572  Oakley-Denver             OGL     1929  ---------------  1929 ITL
 40      8519  Denver-Steamboat Springs  DSL(T)  1922  Denver-Steamb.   1934 DSL
 40      8519  Steamboat Springs-Craig   DSL(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 DSL
 40      8519  Craig-Vernal UT           DSL(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 DSL
 50            Lamar-La Junta            SWGL  
 50  820 8392  Lamar-La Junta            SFT(T)  1933  ---------------  1933 SFT
 50  820 8392  La Junta-Pueblo           SFT(T)        So. Colo. Motor  1933 SFT
 50  817 8521  Pueblo-Salida             RGN(T)  1928  Lent & Peterson  1935 RGN
 50  817 8521  Salida-Gunnison           RGN(T)  1937  ---------------  1937 RGN
 50  817 8521  Gunnison-Montrose         RGN(T)  1936  ---------------  1936 RGN
 50  817 8521  Montrose-Grand Jct.       RGN(T)  1922  White Bus Lines  1926 WS
 85       573  Cheyenne-Denver           OGL     1927  ---------------  1927 YEL
 85  832 8500  Denver-Pueblo             DCS(T)  1922  Inter City       1926 DCS
 85  832 8500  Pueblo-Walsenburg         DCS(T)        So. Colo. Motor  1929 DCS
 85  832 8500  Walsenburg-Trinidad       DCS(T)        So. Kans. Stage  1933 DCS
 87 4689 8505  Cheyenne-Denver           BTC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 BTC
 87  820  571  Denver-Trinidad           SWGL    1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
160  832 8500  Walsenburg-Alamosa        DCS(T)        Valley Transit   1939 DCS
160      8523  Alamosa-Monte Vista       RGN(T)
160      8523  Monte Vista-South Fork    RGN(T)  1932  ---------------  1932 RGN
160      8523  South Fork-Durango        RGN(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 RGN
160      8510  Durango-Cortez            CB(T)
285      8523  Denver-Fairplay           RGN(T)
285      8523  Fairplay-Buena Vista      RGN(T)        Alma-Denver Bus  1938 RGN
285      8523  Buena Vista-Salida        RGN(T)  1928  Lent & Peterson  1935 RGN
285      8523  Salida-Saguache           RGN(T)  1925  San Luis Valley  1927 RGN
285      8523  Saguache-Monte Vista      RGN(T)  1927  ---------------  1927 RGN
287  360 8504  Laramie-Fort Collins      BTC(T)        FC-Lar.-Waldon   1942 BTC
287  820 8250  Lamar-Boise City OK       CBS(T)
350            La Junta-Trinidad         SWGL
550  822 8521  Montrose-Ouray            RGN(T)  1926  ---------------  1926 WS
550  822 8521  Ouray-Silverton           RGN(T)  1923  L. W. Parcell    1926 WS
550  822 8521  Silverton-Durango         RGN(T)  1926  ---------------  1926 WS
550  822 8523  Durango-Farmington NM     CB(T)   1932  ---------------  1932 RGN
  S            Laramie-Waldon            BTC(T)        FC-Lar.-Waldon   1942 BTC
  S            Dillon-Breckenridge       RGN(T)  1936  ---------------  1936 RGN
  S            Delta-Paonia              RGN(T)  1923  White Bus Lines  1926 WS
  S            Paonia-Somerset           RGN(T)  1927  ---------------  1927 WS
  S            Gunnison-Crested Butte    RGN(T)  1932  ---------------  1932 RGN
  S      8523  Frisco-Leadville          RGN(T)  1928  Lent & Peterson  1935 RGN
  S            South Fork-Creede         RGN(T)  1932  ---------------  1932 RGN
  S            Mineral Hot Spr.-Alamosa  RGN(T)


Russell's Guide Table Numbers

Greyhound tables had numbers below 700, while Trailways tables had numbers above 7000. Table numbers in between were independent bus companies. Although Greyhound Lines of Canada, not covered here, had tables numbered in the low 700's.

Where no table number is indicated, service had been discontinued by then.

Further clues on Greyhound or Trailways affiliations are the presence of a "G" or a "T" in a company abbreviation. Trailways company abbreviations are followed by a "(T)". While abbreviations of certain Greyhound companies not obviously "Greyhound" in name are followed by a "(G)".

Over the years, certain Greyhound or Trailways routes were sold to the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.



 810- 835  TNM&O Coaches
4682-4691  Powder River Transportation
7095-7098  Burlington Trailways (new company)



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Overland Greyhound Lines (OGL) - incorporated 1952, acquiring Union Pacific Stages and Interstate Transit Lines (ITL). Interstate Transit Lines had been incorporated in 1921, and was acquired in 1929 by Union Pacific Railroad and Chicago & North Western Railroad as a joint bus subsidiary. And Union Pacific Stages had been formed in formed in 1927 as a bus subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad. In 1932, Interstate Transit Lines and Union Pacific Stages acquired most of the routes operated by Pickwick-Greyhound Lines (PIG). Pickwick-Greyhound Lines had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound, and was dissolved in 1933. Many of the Pickwick-Greyhound routes had been acquired in 1929 from Yelloway (YEL), which had been formed in 1925 as a group of independent operators to operate a transcontinental bus system. But competing service was introduced in 1929 by Interstate Transit Lines. In 1943, both Interstate Transit Lines and Union Pacific Stages began operating under name Overland Greyhound Lines. Consolidated 1956 into Northland Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound.

Southwestern Greyhound Lines (SWGL) - incorporated 1933 as merger of Western Greyhound Lines and two other companies, consolidated 1960 into Central Division of Greyhound. Western Greyhound Lines had been renamed in 1932 from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines, which had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound, and fully owned by Greyhound in 1932. Pickwick Stages had been incorporated in 1912, and certain routes were transferred to Pickwick-Greyhound Lines after formation of the joint company. In 1929, Pickwick-Greyhound Lines acquired Yelloway (YEL) system, which had been formed in 1925 as a group of independent operators to operate a transcontinental bus system.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

Burlington Transportation Co./Burlington Trailways (BTC) - formed 1929 as bus subsidiary of Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1946 to American Buslines, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Bowen Motor Coach Co./Continental Trailways (CBS) - incorporated 1927 as Lone Star Bus Line (operating in Texas) and Old Spanish Trail Bus Line (operating in New Mexico) consolidated 1937 into Bowen Motor Coach Co., in 1938 joined Trailways under name Bowen Trailways, consolidated 1945 with Tri-State Transit Co. into Continental Bus System, becoming first company to operate under name Continental Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Cannon Ball Stage Lines/Cannon Ball Trailways (CB) - in 1944 joined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Denver-Colorado Springs-Pueblo Motor Way/Denver-Colorado Springs-Pueblo Trailways (DCS) - formed 1926 as bus subsidiary of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Denver-Salt Lake-Pacific Stages/Denver-Salt Lake-Pacific Trailways (DSL) - formed 1935 as bus subsidiary of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, assuming route formed prior year by Denver-Colorado Springs-Pueblo Motor Way, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Rio Grande Motor Way/Rio Grande Trailways (RGN) - formed 1927 as bus subsidiary of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, in 1930 acquired Western Slope Motor Way (WS) which had been formed in 1926 as another bus subsidiary of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Santa Fe Trail Transportation/Santa Fe Trailways (SFT) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Santa Fe Railway, in 1935 acquired Southern Kansas Stage Lines (SKS), in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

Further information on the significant independent bus companies, serving Colorado.


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