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. Before you head to Golden, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Golden vacation planning website , to make sure you see all that Golden has to offer, including Colorado Railroad Museum.
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  • October 3, 2017
    I love trains. I've been here multiple times! There is a lot to see, learn and do. Sometimes you can take a ride on the train. The coolest part/feature is the turntable. We got to see it in action one...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    I am sorry to say that I cannot give the Colorado Railroad Museum a better rating. It is true that there are lots of cars and some engines scattered about on the grounds of the museum, but many were n...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    I was at the museum over 20 years ago and it has grown considerably since then as I recall. They have a nice selection of various engines and cars. It was not crowded at the time we were there and all...  more »
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  • July 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    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
  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • March 30, 2017
    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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