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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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  • Captivating. Fun. Informative. Run by friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable people willing to share their stories. They even opened up cars for us to look inside. Now, if only they had a coffee sho...  more »
  • Very cute place for kids 10 and under. But it is intresting for the older ones when you go on the train ride because the conductor tells you stuff about the surrounding areas. Had a great visit.  more »
  • This museum is a really fun trip to make. Lots to learn and see, with the foothills as a backdrop. Not very crowded, which surprised us, because it's such an accessible, fun place to look at some incr...  more »
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  • Not as impressed as I though I would be; with that being said the museum is still a place I'd recommend visiting. We went for Thomas The Trains Day Out and it was fun for the kids, we just though the train ride would be more than four laps around the property. For $25 a ticket I expected more. With that being said, there is unique Colorado history and it's as if you take a time machine back into the early 1900's. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable.
  • While the admissions price is arguably a little bit on the pricey side, this place, on a regular day, has loads of trains and history to explore. Our kids have a blast anytime we go, and it's always interesting to wander the grounds. I would say, however, the special events are probably the best part of the museum. We did the Thomas day this weekend and it's one of those really magical types of things for the kids that make it truly amazing. We'll certainly be doing the Polar Express event and looking into the other major events that the museum puts on.
  • The trains are awesome to see there and the volunteer workers are really nice. Also the food vendors are very nice. We really enjoyed the Pioneer bbq. Nice variety and tasty food. There is also a petting zoo for the kids. Lots of fun for the kids now on the weekends with Thomas the train
  • 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.

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Fewer than a dozen inns, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are located in Golden's town center. Most are independently owned lodgings that celebrate the town's connection with the Gold Rush. Rustic cabins and cottages outside the downtown area allow travelers to experience the destination like an early prospector.
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