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The Colorado Railroad Museum is a non-profit railroad museum. The museum is located on 15 acres (6.1 ha) at a point where Clear Creek flows between North and South Table Mountains in Golden, Colorado.

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Location17155 W 44th Ave
Golden, Colorado 80403
Typerailroad museum
DirectorDonald Tallman
Public transit accessnone

The museum was established in 1959 to preserve a record of Colorado's flamboyant railroad era, particularly the state's pioneering narrow gauge mountain railroads.


Main museum building
The Denver HO Model Railroad Club is located in the basement of the Colorado Railroad Museum.

The museum building is a replica of an 1880s-style railroad depot. Exhibits feature original photographs by pioneer photographers such as William Henry Jackson and Louis Charles McClure, as well as paintings by Howard L Fogg, Otto Kuhler, Ted Rose and other artists. Locomotives and railroad cars modeled in the one inch scale by Herb Votaw are also displayed. A bay window contains a reconstructed depot telegrapher's office, complete with a working telegraph sounder.

The lower level of the museum building contains an exhibition hall which features seasonal and traveling displays on railroading history. The lower level also contains the Denver HO Model Railroad Club's "Denver and Western" operating HO and HOn3 scale model train layout that represent Colorado's rail history in miniature.

The Robert W. Richardson Library houses over 10,000 rare historic photographs, Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway no 683 was built in 1890 by the Baldwin locomotive works and spent much of his time, pulling coal trains in the eastern United States it was donated to the Colorado Railroad Museum in July 9th 1982.


Steam locomotive D&RGW #683 at a mock-up train station
Steam locomotive D&RGW #346 on the turntable
Steam locomotive DL&G #191, the oldest steam locomotive in Colorado Railroad Museum
Rio Grande Southern Railroad Galloping Goose No.2

The museum has a large collection of 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge rolling stock, and provides narrow gauge train rides on special event days known as "Steam Up days".

The museum also has ex-Denver and Rio Grande Western RR No. 683, a coal burning 2-8-0 consolidation built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1890, builders number 11207. It is the only surviving 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge steam locomotive from the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad.

All of the railroad equipment is displayed outdoors. Display tracks are complete with a rare three-way stub switch, dual gauge track and switches, and century-old switch stands. These tracks hold over 100 historic narrow and standard gauge locomotives and cars. The 13 mile (0.54 km) oval of 3 ft (914 mm) gauge track is used by trains on operating days.

The museum's roster contains the following notable pieces of rolling stock:[1]

Name Year built Description
Chicago Burlington & Quincy no 5629 1940 Chicago Burlington & Quincy no 5629 or Burlington Route 5629 is a 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive built by the Baldwin locomotive Works in 1940. The Locomotive comes to the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1963.
Rio Grande 491 1902 Rio Grande 491 is a 2-8-2 Mikado-type Narrow Gauge steam locomotive built by the Baldwin locomotive Works in 1902. It was placed on display at the Colorado Railroad Museum in 2000.
Rio Grande 346 July 1881 Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad no 346 was built in July 1881 by the Baldwin locomotive Works in Philadelphia Pennsylvania does 346 has its very own class sister the locomotive number 318.
Rio Grande 318 1881
Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway no 1 1890
Rio Grande southern 20 1889
Colorado and Southern 191 1880

Diesel locomotivesEdit

  • Denver & Rio Grande Western F7A 5771 & F7B 5762
  • Denver & Rio Grande Western SD40T-2 5401. Donated to the museum in 2018, still in D&RGW paint but Patched.

Passenger carsEdit

  • Atchison Topeka & Sante Fe Observation Car Navajo
  • Chicago Burlington & Quincy Business Car No. 96
  • Colorado Midland Observation Car No. 111
  • Denver & Rio Grande Western Coach No. 284
  • Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway Post Office Car No. 60
  • Union Pacific Coach No. 5442
  • Union Pacific Diner No. 4801

Special equipmentEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Museum Guide. Golden, Colorado: Colorado Railroad Museum. c. 2015.

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