Robert W. Richardson Railroad Library and Collections

Built in 1997, the Robert W. Richardson Railroad Library is one of the most comprehensive railroad reference libraries in the United States. From timetables to employee records, photographs to engineering documents, maps to books, it offers a wealth of railroad information.

The collections focus on railroads in the Rocky Mountain region and American West, with some national and international comparative information. The Library is open to visitors of the Museum. Patrons are also welcome to write, call, or email the Library with questions or for further information.

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Library Collections

The Colorado Railroad Museum and Robert W. Richardson Library contain one of the largest collections of Rocky Mountain and Western U.S. railroad artifacts, books, maps, mechanical drawings, archives, images, and audiovisual materials in the United States. Our Library is non-circulating, however we welcome patrons to visit and examine the materials on site any time during our operating hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-3pm). For detailed research requests, please make an appointment.

We are currently working towards making our Collections catalog available online. In the interim, please feel free to contact us with specific inquires.

Appointments and Research Assistance

Many of our resources are not stored in the library itself, so they may not be immediately available for drop-in patrons. We are better able to meet your research needs if you contact us with your questions in advance and schedule a visit. Please contact Stephanie Gilmore, Curator of Collections at (720) 274-5148, or to schedule a research appointment.

If you are not able to visit us in person, our volunteers and staff may perform research on your behalf and contact you with the results. Extensive research questions which take more than a half-hour of volunteer or staff time may be subject to a rate of $40 per hour.

Copies or scans of information may be sent when the condition and use permissions of the original permits. All copies are subject to the rules outlined in the Reproduction Use Agreement.


Artifacts, archival materials, and books may be added to the Museum and Library collections by means of gift, bequest, or exchange with other non-profit museums.

Individuals wishing to make a donation should contact Stephanie Gilmore, Curator of Collections at (720) 274-5148, or, prior to sending or delivering material to the Museum. Due to our limited storage space, we are not be able to accept drop-in donations.

Monetary donations can be made through the Museum’s Online Depot General Store.

Fee Schedule and Use Agreement

Please review our Reproduction Use Agreement and Fee Schedule for information about using our materials in publications, exhibits, websites, etc. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Reproduction Use Agreement

Fee Schedule (February 2016)


Since the 1960s, the Colorado Railroad Museum has published small runs of books dealing with railroad history — particularly Colorado railroad history. Shop online or visit the Depot General Store to view and purchase these publications.

Many of these works have been published as part of our “Colorado Rail Annual” series, which originally served as compilations of short articles but more recently has become our venue for publishing single longer works.

Authors interested in submitting a manuscript for consideration should review our submission guidelines: Author Guidelines

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