Train lovers will really enjoy a visit to the Colorado Railroad Museum in the town of Golden. In this 15 acre rail yard you can see over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, a HO Model Railroad and a G-scale garden railway. They cover much of the history of locomotive transport in Colorado and many of them ooze with the charm of a bygone time. There aren't too many "keep off" signs either meaning that children can play and explore too.
Things to Do
- You can take a ride on one of the original Rio Grande Southern Galloping Geese during your visit. These unique carriages were unlike any other locomotives. They were made by placing a freight box on an automobile frame and were used to carry passengers to the most remote areas of southwestern Colorado.
- Special rides of the Museum's steam or diesel locomotives are organized on Saturdays. You can travel in passenger cars that cover various eras of locomotive travel in Colorado. None of these tours need to be booked in advance; tickets are available for purchase at the door.
- The Museum runs parent and child workshops in which children and their parents of caregiver can learn about Colorado's rich railroad history together through fun activities. The Junior Engineer Club is a special club for kids between the age of 2 and 12 where they can get activity booklets and get discounted or free train rides.
Colorado Railroad Museum Insider Tips
- Anyone aged 16 and up can volunteer with the Museum. This is an ideal opportunity for train enthusiasts and those who would like to support the Museum's work. If you cannot commit your time but would like to help in some way you can become a member which will see you entitled to certain perks as a result.