On the Railroad
If you're into trains (or your kids are) this museum is a ferroequinologist's (a person who studies trains) paradise. This museum houses over 100 steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses as well as a G-scale model railroad in its 15-acre rail yard. There is also a restoration facility and working round table that will wow curious minds and train fans.
By Michela Baxter, AFAR Local Expert
Colorado Railway Museum
Just outside of Golden, CO, this museum is a good time whether you're a ferroequinologist (read: iron horse enthusiast) or not. The strength of the collection is in the fine antique engines, from flashy yellow Art Deco passenger engines to early steam engines to a tiny cog railway engine to massive Diesel engines to the (frankly sort of alarming) red snow-blower engine to the (utterly bizarre) truck-like creations known as the "galloping geese" for the way they waddle down the track. The interior of the museum isn't much to see, and some of their non-engine cars need additional restoration work, but the exterior grounds -- including a huge, working roundhouse -- more than make it worth the trip. Plus, I learned what kinds of cocktails they served in the post-prohibition dining car and the origin of the phrase "putting the squeeze on." (It comes from using water, not steam, in a locomotive boiler in order to check for leaks.)
By Sarah Green
17155 W 44th Ave, Golden, CO 80403, USA
Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm