Joint Line Railfanning

Welcome to Joint Line Railfanning! This Group is here to serve the needs of everyone who calls the Joint Line their home railfanning line and to those here visiting this historic line!

The Joint Line is a jointly owned piece of railroad between the Union Pacific and BNSF Railway running approximately 119 miles between Denver and Pueblo, CO. The line is rich in history and can be traced back to the Denver & Rio Grande laying the first track in 1870 and ATSF completing their track in 1887. It became the Joint Line in 1918 when the United States Railway Administration took control of both railroads and knocked out some crossover to have directional running. 

Traditionally, somewhere between 25-35 trains a day use the line as a connection between the Powder River Basin and power plant customers in Texas, Kansas, Arizona, and elsewhere. However, traffic counts dipped around 10-12 trains per day during the first week of April '16, but traffic has picked up in the years since that lull. Primary traffic on this line is coal...and with the downturn in coal, we're seeing a much quieter Joint Line. About 75% of the trains on the line are coal loads and empties, most all of which belong to BNSF. Even with all the coal, the Joint Line has a lot of variety and is a must see for any visitor to Colorado.

Topics in this Group include heads ups of trains with some nice lashups, railroading news, heritage units, trip reports, questions on anything railroad-related, nostalgia, and more! We also have materials to help catch locals, radio frequencies, train symbols, etc.

Welcome to the Group, and welcome to the Joint Line!

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