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Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden

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The West was won largely in thanks to railroads, and Colorado Railroad Museum will tell you all about Colorado's role in the process. Walk through the 6 ha (15 acre) rail yard, where a G-scale garden railway and more than 100 narrow- and standard-gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, and a HO model railroad sit. Next, head to the restored roundhouse to see how a Colorado railroad workshop looked in the late 19th century. The depot museum features an 1880s architectural style and houses more than 1,000 artifacts and displays that show various styles of mountain railroads. Wrap up your visit in the "general store," which offers various train-themed gifts. Use our Golden vacation planner to add Colorado Railroad Museum and other attractions to your Golden vacation plans.
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  • If you are train enthusiast you will love this place! The fee is reasonable for everyone, seniors are $8. If you have AAA you save a dollar. The is an interesting film, a working miniature train in th...  more »
  • Our son is a 8 year old train fanatic so on our trip he wanted to go here. We bought tickets to ride the galloping goose. Which later we refunded because it ended up not being the goose and the other ...  more »
  • 90% of the museum is outside, so be prepared. It's a self guided tour. There are a lot of photo opportunities with many trains.  more »
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  • If you're a railroad nerd, this is a great place for you. Several interesting engines, specialty rail like the Spruce Goose and snow clearing equipment, an interesting and wide variety of rolling stock, plus a workshop where you can see them restoring steam-age equipment. The model railroad is very cool, especially you can see it on days they're operating. Some sections are starting to show some age with dust collecting and some discoloration, but it's still a gem. Lots of memorabilia, lots of very cool models, lots of interesting information about the golden age of railroads.
  • I am a member of this museum. My son loves the trains and so do I. This is a great place to spend the day walking around and climbing on/in the trains. We always take a ride on the Galloping Goose or Locomotive NO. 491. Be prepared for the days when Thomas is in town. Remember to pack a little extra patience. There are a lot of people that come out but they make it fun and efficient. You can crawl inside a lot of the trains, turn the knobs, pull the levers and ring the bells. They also have an awesome miniature train area where you can watch them ride over bridges and go through tunnels. Pack a lunch.
  • Great place to go with the family. My nephew loves running around and climbing on the trains, and he can go basically anywhere without me worrying he will get lost or hurt. Perfect place for an active 3-year-old. The garden trains are fun for him to watch, and the model trains and toys inside keep him interested as well. We spent 3 hours and it flew by. Wonderful family entertainment.
  • I've been to a few train museums, and this is one of the better ones. The staff are knowledgeable, and there's a lot of train and train memorabilia to look at. Recommended if you like American industrial tech, museums, or transportation history. Plus they have little train sets for the kids to check out.
  • It was neat, wish they had more of the exhibits open. Most of the neat looking trains were closed. The train ride makes a big circle, I was expecting a longer ride but it's a good place to visit. Especially with kids.