Railroading in the Rockies

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A chance to catch a glimpse of antique locomotives along the railroad is a wonderful opportunity for young children and adults who are interested in historical trains.

A chance to catch a glimpse of antique locomotives along the railroad is a wonderful opportunity for young children and adults who are interested in historical trains. The Golden Railroad Museum (located in Golden) is a self-guided tour where you see the separate train locomotives. Each train engine has a unique history behind. A good amount of time will slither away at model locomotives built by the volunteers. Behind the fenced area, diesel fuel can be seen from the locomotive engines as they chug through animated cities and villages. A little further North, information can be found at the library about the different engine models and the purpose they served back in the 1800s and 1900s.

Pulling or pushing trains powered by a rail vehicle is called a locomotive. The largest steam engine at the museum (Chicago Burlington & Quincy No. 5629) was built in 1940 by the Burlington Route Railroad. It was used for heavy freight and passenger service. It continued until the early 1960s, where it was then moved to the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1963. Only four of its type still exists. Where on the other hand, Denver & Rio Grande (D&RG) Western No. 346 is the oldest operating steam locomotive in Colorado. Built in 1881, No. 346 ran for the D&RG until 1947. It was then purchased in 1950 by Museum founder Bob Richardson.

The admission to get in is $20.00 per family. Every Saturday, a small-sized train offers three rounds of the whole museum, $4 per adult and $2 per child. The ride includes a tour of some of the locomotives and Q&A. All ages will enjoy the wonderful ceramic view as well as the history. Come and the enjoy the 18th – 19th century irreplaceable collectables. For more information go onto www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org.