City of Denver
- For the city, see Denver, Colorado.
The City of Denver was a passenger train operated jointly by the Chicago and North Western (CNW) and Union Pacific (UP) railroads. The train operated on both railroads' rights of way between Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado. In 1955 the Milwaukee Road assumed the service, replacing the Chicago and Northwestern between Chicago and Omaha.
This train service was the fastest long-distance passenger train in the world when it debuted in 1936, traversing the 1,048 miles in as little as 16 hours (an average of about 65 miles per hour).
- June 18, 1936: The CNW and UP launch the streamlined City of Denver train service between Chicago, Illinois and Denver, Colorado.
- May 1, 1971: CNW and UP end City of Denver service as Amtrak takes over operation of major intercity passenger routes.
Other railroad uses of the name City of Denver
The name has also been applied to a cafe/lounge car that is still owned and operated by the Union Pacific in employee and other special trains. This car was built by St. Louis Car Company in 1949 as UP's car #5011.
- Passenger train service on the Chicago and North Western Railway
- Passenger train service on the Union Pacific Railroad