Ride the Rails and Get Your Train On: Railroad Museum in Golden
It was a warm, sunny “Ride the Rails” Saturday morning at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Only minutes after they began boarding passengers on the Rio Grande Southern “Galloping Goose” antique locomotive (the museum opens at 9am, but the rides begin at 10am), the main parking lot was already full and the admissions booth were swamped with rail buffs of all ages.
Golden is only 15 miles from downtown Denver. Actually, the “crowd” wasn’t that big at all, and the indoor-outdoor compound of museum buildings, standing rail cars, model trains, and working roundhouse, absorbed everyone quite well.
The Colorado Railroad Museum (a couple of miles due east of downtown Golden, tel. 303-279-4591, www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org, 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, CO 80403, Admission: children under 2 are free, children $5, adults $10, seniors $8) is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and has a number of special events: “Ride the Rails” Saturdays (through the end of October, then returns in January, children $2, adults $4), Harvest Fest (Oct. 14), Trick or Treat Train (Oct. 28), and of course, the Polar Express, which is nearly sold out (Nov. 9 to Dec. 23, tickets $25-100).