I have put together an article for The Fence Post magazine about the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO. It should run in the upcoming May 13, 2019 edition, as well as on their website.
The following are a number of photos taken during my visit to the museum. It is a great place to experience authentic Colorado history of the narrow gauge railroads.
The historic Engine 346 at the Colorado Railroad Museum takes visitors on a loop around the museum’s 15-acre property. The 1881 steam locomotive is a way for visitors to reach back in time and experience a bit of Colorado in the late 1800’s.
The Denver & Rio Grande diesel engine 5771 sits on the grounds at the Colorad Railroad Museum in Golden, CO. The bright yellow engine is recognizable from its days powering the Rio Grande Zephyr passenger train between Denver and Salt Lake City from 1971 to 1983. It also powered the famous “ski train” for a number of years.
The bright red Caboose 49 from the Denver& Rio Grande Railroad beckons visitors to take a look inside. Quite a few of the rail cars on the 15-acre property of the Colorado Railroad Museum are open for visitors to examine.
William Henry Jackson is one of the most respected landscape photographers of the American Wes. In 1869 Jackson won a commission from the Union Pacific to document the scenery along the various railroad routes for promotional purposes. The Colorado Railroad Museum currently has an exhibit about William Henry Jackson that ncludes quite a few of his stunning photographs. The exhibit is scheduled to run through the rest of 2019.
The interior of an 1881 Jackson and Sharp coach car which is pulled behind the Colorado Railroad Museum’s 1881 steam locomotive for visitors riding the loop around the 15-acre property. The experience brings the late 1800’s to life for those riding the train.
The Colorado Railroad Museum’s store is located inside the Depot Museum, where railroad related items, gifts, clothing, and toys can be purchased to help support the mission of the museum.
A 1930’s rail car (built by Cadillac) that was part of the Manitou & Pike’s Peak Railway is part of the 15-acre display of historic Colorado railroad items at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO.
A “Garden Scale Model” of the popular Thomas the Tank Engine rolls over the rails within the detailed grounds laid out and hand built over several decades by the Denver Garden Railroad Society. “G Scale” railroad trains are built to represent real trains and the Colorado Railroad Museum’s garden railroad features tunnels, bridges, plants, trees, houses, churches, businesses, etc. It is a popular location inside the grounds of the railroad museum located in Golden., CO.