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Union Pacific Railroad diesel-electric streamliner CD-07, one of three City of Denver trainsets, is photographed near Henderson, Colorado on July 1, 1952.

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 (1,687 km) in as little as 16 hours (an average of about 65 miles per hour/105 kilometres per hour).

The City of Denver was involved in Colorado's worst traffic accident when, on December 14, 1961, it struck a school bus in Auburn, a few miles east of LaSalle, killing 20 children.

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  • May 1, 1971: Amtrak takes over most intercity rail service including Union Pacific and the Milwaukee Road, the City of Denver is discontinued as of this date.

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.

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