Historic Douglas County, Inc.
HISTORIC RAILROADS OF COLORADO
HISTORIC RAILROADS OF COLORADO
With a roar and rumble of steel against steel, Colorado changed forever in the mid-to-late 1800s! The iron horses thundering across the plains, clinging to mountainsides and leap-frogging over streams and rivers on large wooden trestles brought a change that moved Colorado rapidly into the future …expanding commerce and the movement of goods dramatically, shortening point to point distances in travel time and mail delivery and bringing a luxurious, swift way of travel never before imagined. Our modernized railroads are still with us in Colorado in this twenty-first century, primarily and economically transporting products across the land. Many of us in Colorado that see a train comment, “There goes another load of electricity!” Other than an occasional AMTRAC passenger train streaking across the land, passenger train travel has diminished in Colorado to a rate somewhat analogous to the random drip of a faucet. It isn’t that we Americans enjoy riding the rails any less; it is because most of us always seem to be racing against the clock and don’t take the time to kick back, sit in a plush seat and enjoy our gorgeous Colorado scenery effortlessly scroll in front of us. Hey, pamper yourself and take you and your family on one of those historic memories. Historic rail travel is still available in Colorado and offered in a variety of unique scenic panoramas of our state. Take the time to take you and your family on an historic train on a beautiful ride through the most gorgeous places in the world, scenic Colorado. You’ll absolutely love it …and, you might just lower your blood pressure a few points. And, if you’re not in for a train ride maybe you would like to walk through rail history in Colorado’s two, world-class museums.
THE ROYAL GORGE ROUTE
…Colorado’s first and finest streamliner. Enjoy a scenic, pleasurable and truly spectacular ride through Colorado’s famed Royal Gorge. You can choose from a great list of options: Coach, Vista Dome, Sunshine Falls, the Murder Mystery ride, Santa Express and the totally unforgettably Wine, Lunch and Dinner Trains. You really must ride of the these exciting trains. You will remember it for life!
Visit us at http://www.RoyalGorgeRoute.com
Reservations: Call Call 719.276.4000 or book on line
Cañon City, Colorado
LEADVILLE COLORADO & SOUTHERN TRAIN
PIKES PEAK COG RAILWAY
Manitou Springs, Colorado
CUBRES & TOTEC SCENIC RAILROAD AND MUSEUM
GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD
Historic Railroad Museums
COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM
There’s something amazing about trains. The familiar whistle has always promised adventure. The gentle rock of the rails has set the rhythm of our lives. Experience it again at the Colorado Railroad Museum with over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and G-scale garden railway on our 15-acre railyard. Also, see our exhibit galleries, renowned library, roundhouse restoration facility and working turntable. Visit the General Store with thousands of train gifts for every railfan. Group rates and programs available. Train rides every Saturday. Open daily from 9:00 to 5:00.
Lose track of time!
17155 W. 44th Ave.
Golden, CO 80403
Phone: 303-279-4591 or 800-365-6263
GREELEY FREIGHT STATION MUSEUM
Just one hour’s drive north of Denver you can find a fun for the whole family in a world class model railroad museum beyond compare. Your destination is the GREELEY FREIGHT STATION MUSEUM.
This museum is utterly amazing and replicates the Oregon, California & Eastern Railway at a glance. This HO, 1:87 ratio, 5,500 square feet display runs a mainline length of 20.5 scale miles through a mountainous terrain with some 14,000 fir, 6,000 deciduous and 3,400 aspen trees. This amazing operating display will take you through central, southern and western Oregon over bridges, tunnels and spectacular high-wooden trestles. You and your family will see staging yards with fourteen trains and some 2,000 cars and 150 locomotives featured in the exhibit.
This unique model railroad museum includes not only its huge world-class model railroad but offers public access inside of the layout, self-guided tours, balcony viewing, hands-on children’s layout, a real caboose to explore, scale model vintage ships and 600 railroad-related artifacts …a really must see!