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Weekly Highlight: Denver and Intermountain Railroad Interurban No. 25
Jefferson County, Colorado

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The 1911 Denver & Intermountain Interurban No. 25 provided service in the first half of the twentieth century between Golden and Denver, Colorado. The car operated over Route 84 of the system from 1911 until the end of service in 1950. Car No. 25 is also important as the only known surviving example of a completely intact, standard gauge, electric interurban railway car of its type designed and built by the Woeber Car and Carriage Company of Denver. No. 25 and the Denver & Intermountain Railroad remains an excellent relic from the once booming street car industry. The D&IM was a thirteen-mile line that began as a steam-powered railroad. Electrification in 1909 allowed it to eventually penetrate downtown Denver where its interurban cars, including No. 25 by 1911, carefully negotiated the city streets.

Although Car No. 25 and its sister car No. 24 were typical of hundreds of interurban trolley cars that operated throughout the nation. Due to the wholesale demolition of trolley cars after the end of electrical rail passenger service in 1950, No. 25 is now rare in that it is the only known surviving, intact, standard gauge, electric interurban railway car of this type built by the Woeber Car Company in the country. Car No. 25 also has the distinction of being the only interurban car from Route 84 to survive and is the only completely intact Denver Tramway Company car known to exist.

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