Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, Colorado

by Ken Humphreys

Elsewhere on this site, I commented that the Steamtown National Historic Site is the premier museum in the country for preservation of steam lomocotives. If Steamtown is the premier museum for steam locomotives, the Colorado Railroad Museum must be the premier museum for any and all types of railroad equipment. Its collection is vast and includes steam, diesel, and cog railway locomotives. Where else would you find three of the famous "Galloping Geese" plus a huge array of freight and passenger equipment, an 1880's replica depot, a roundhouse, and a massive railroad library? If you are ever in the Denver-Golden Area of Colorado, don't miss this phenomenal museum.

Click on each image below to see its full sized version. Hit your back button to return and view the next group of photos. The photos appear on three pages. All images are copyrighted by Ken Humphreys.

Denver & Rio Grande 2-8-0 #683. Built in 1890, this locomotive is the only surviving standard gauge D&RGW steam locomotive.
A close-up view of Denver & Rio Grande 2-8-0 #683.
Great Western Railway baggage/coach #100. Used during 1904-1960 on the Loveland to Eaton to Longmont, CO line.
Rio Grande Southern 4-6-0 #20. She was built in 1899 for the Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad. Immediately behind is RICO, a Rio Grande Southern office car used by the railroad's superintendant.
Rio Grande 1955 vintage F9 A & B diesels #5771 and 5762.
Another view of Rio Grande F9 A & B diesels #5771 and 5762.
Manitou & Pike's Peak cog engine #1, previously used to push carloads of sightseers up to the summit of Pike's Peak.
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Observation Car #96.

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