Colorado Railroad Museum
A replica of an 1880s-style depot, the museum building houses thousands of rare old photographs, artifacts and documents illustrating the colorful histories of the railroads which have served the state for over 125 years. An outstanding book and gift shop features hundreds of railroad books and videos, as well as magazines, posters, jewelry and other memorabilia.
The museum is located just east of Golden, Colorado, at a point where Clear Creek flows between North and South Table Mountains. Display tracks, complete with rare three-way stub switches and century-old switch stands, hold many historic narrow and standard gauge locomotives and cars. The museum building, based in exterior design on standard station construction of the 1880s, houses the largest known collection of historic records, mementos, artifacts, and pictures of Colorado 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.
Krystal M Thompson
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.
The kids loved this place. It has a great selection of old and new engines to tour. There is also a beautiful diorama model train set in the basement.