Railroads in New Mexico

Railroads historically operating in New Mexico

Railroad companies grew, divided, merged, changed names, shrank, and disappeared depending upon need, competition, success, jurisdiction challenges and legal regulations. Some companies, especially the narrow gauge lines, arose to service a particular industry and disappeared when the lumber or mineral resource was exhausted. Here is a list of companies which have operated in or through New Mexico over the years.

Note: many company names started out as "Railroad" but later changed to "Railway", and some similar company names reflect reorganizations. More than a few companies were created but never actually operated, usually becoming absorbed into a new company.

  • Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railway (nicknamed the "Cloud-Climbing Railroad")
  • Albuquerque Eastern Railway
  • Amtrak
  • Arizona & Colorado Railroad
  • Arizona Eastern Railroad
  • Arizona & New Mexico Railway
  • Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, later "Railway" (AT&SF, "The Santa Fe Railway")
  • Atlantic & Pacific Railroad
  • Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad
  • Burro Mountain Railroad
  • Cerrillos Coal Railroad
  • Chicago, Rock Island & Choctaw Railway
  • Chicago, Rock Island & El Paso Railway: The Golden State Route
  • Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway
  • Cimarron & Northwestern Railway
  • Clifton & Lordsburg Railway
  • Colorado & Southern Railway
  • Cuba Extension Railroad
  • Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
  • Dawson Railway
  • Denver & Rio Grande Railroad (nicknamed "The Chile Line")
  • Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
  • Denver, Texas & Fort Worth Railroad
  • Denver, Texas & Gulf Railroad
  • Eastern Railway of New Mexico
  • El Paso & Northeastern Railroad (nicknamed the "White Oaks Railroad")
  • El Paso & Rock Island Railway Company
  • El Paso & Southwestern Railroad
  • Elkhart & Santa Fe Railway
  • Fort Worth & Denver City Railway
  • Hanover Railroad
  • Lordsburg & Hachita Railroad
  • Missouri Pacific Railroad
  • Moreno and Rio Hondo Railroad (proposed)
  • New Mexican and Pacific Railroad Company
  • New Mexican Railroad
  • New Mexico and Southern Pacific Railroad (later "Railway")
  • New Mexico Central Railroad
  • New Mexico Gateway Railroad
  • New Mexico Midland Railway
  • New Mexico Railroad Company
  • Pecos Northern Railroad
  • Pecos Valley Railroad
  • Pecos Valley & Northeastern Railway
  • Rail Runner Express
  • Rio Grande, Mexico & Pacific Railroad
  • Rio Grande & Pagosa Springs Railroad
  • Rio Grande & Santa Fe Railroad
  • Rio Grande & Southwestern Railroad
  • Rocky Mountain & Santa Fe Railway
  • Santa Fe, Albuquerque & Pacific Railroad
  • Santa Fe Central Railway
  • Santa Fe Northern Railroad
  • Santa Fe Northwestern Railway
  • Santa Fe Pacific Railroad
  • Santa Fe Railway (popular name for the AT&SF)
  • Santa Fe, Raton & Des Moines Railroad
  • Santa Fe, San Juan & Northern Railroad
  • Santa Fe Southern Railroad
  • Santa Rita Railroad
  • Silver City, Deming & Pacific Railroad
  • Silver City & Northern Railroad
  • Silver City, Pinos Altos & Mogollon Railroad
  • Southern Pacific Railroad Company of New Mexico
  • Southern Pacific Transportation Company
  • Southwestern Railroad of New Mexico
  • St. Louis, Rocky Mountain & Pacific Railway
  • St. Louis Southwestern Railway
  • Texas - New Mexico Railway
  • Texas, Santa Fe & Northern Railroad
  • Tierra Amarilla Southern Railroad
  • Tucumcari & Memphis Railroad
  • Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf Railway
  • United States Potash Railroad
  • White Oaks Railroad (popular name for the El Paso & Northeastern)

 

 

 

 

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