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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  • We arrived at the front gate, and all we could see was different railroad engines and cars. There was more railroad history packed into this small area than we expected. We did not ride the train arou...  more »
  • A weekday in late December is evidently not the time to visit this museum, although the admission price doesn't reflect that. None of the train cars were open, there were no trains running, full size ...  more »
  • This little site near Golden, Colorado, is a treat for train lovers, old and young. Indoors there is a model setup that requires quarters to work, a display of a railroad alphabet, and videos about th...  more »
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  • This is a great place to come and explore. My toddler loved all the trains he could climb on and explore. We took a ride on the Galloping Goose train for additional price. There is a large covered area to picnic but bring your own food as they do not sell food here. Outside they have a garden train set that wasn't running when I was there. Inside they have a small museum with interesting things to look at and areas for children to play. They also have a HO train set you can watch through glass that is so intricate you can look at it for hours if you wanted. We could easily spend 2-3 his here more if we took a long picnic.
  • This museum is a fun way to spend an afternoon. It was not very crowded so it was easy to walk around and enjoy really looking at all the trains. There were so many different trains from throughout history - it was amazing! Inside, there is an exhibit for kids (but as an adult, I enjoyed it too!) that went through the alphabet, explaining various historical facts or technical facts about trains. In the basement, there is an elaborate mini train exhibit that is amazing! Outside, you are free to roam and many of the trains allow you to get on them or in them so you can enjoy them from a different perspective. We spend about 90 minutes there and we would definitely visit again.
  • I honestly wasn't sure if I would like it. Took the kid here and he loved It! So did I! Not too much walking but trains are spaced out enough. Train was fun, but pretty busy. I recommend doing this first. Quick step back in time when wandering through these old trains. Much more interesting than I expected. They had 2 food trucks, BBQ and pizza. Both were local joints and had good options. Worth a trip to come see, you may be surprised with a good time.
  • What a neat place! Wish we could have gone inside more cabooses but I understand why they were off limits some people have no respect, to keep things nice and not climb on stuff. The cabooses that we did see was an eye opener into the history of the railroad, and I just LOVED how we could rent a private party caboose, that was awesome!!
  • This is the best museum in Colorado!!! My son loved it as much as my wife and myself. The staff is amazing. They love to answer questions. The ride on the Galloping Goose is a must and do not miss the HO track in the basement. It is not as obvious as it should be.
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