Special Events

Holiday and seasonal trains along with special rail-related events, highlight the Museum’s annual Timetable and include a ride behind one of the Museum’s steam or diesel locomotives in passenger cars from different eras in Colorado railroad history.

Admission is valid all day and includes unlimited rides. Rides operate 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

Admission rates: Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $15, and Seniors $10.

Thanks to our sponsors: CBS4, Mix 100, 92.5 The Wolf, Kool 105, OUTFRONT Media and SCFD

Dinosaur Express Train

Saturday July 23

Make fresh tracks through prehistory with a day of exciting activities and surprises for the whole family.

Ride behind historic D&RGW Steam Locomotive No. 491 and follow the dinosaur tracks around the Museum’s 15-acre railyard and enjoy these dinosaur themed activities:

– Paleontology Dig Pits: Be a paleontologist and uncover clues from the past! Record your observations by drawing a picture of what you find.
– Stegosaurus Costumes: Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a dinosaur? Try on a Stegosaurus costume and act it out!
– Stegosaurus Puzzle: Paleontologists look at fossils to understand what they are by putting them together like a puzzle. Test your puzzle skills here!
– Dinosaur Bones: Touch and investigate real fossils from our own Museum collections!
– Meet Mr. Bones: Featuring large, dinosaur themed costumes Mr. Bones will pose for photos.

Producer Rich Luckin will be on-hand 10:00AM to 2:00PM to present an early look at his newest documentary on the 20th Century Limited.

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Thanks to our partners: Morrison Museum of Natural History & the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Whistle Stop Tour

Saturday August 20

During the 19th century, politicians would travel by train and stop in towns and cities across the United States to make brief appearances or speeches called “whistle stops.” These whistle-stop campaign speeches took place on an open platform at the back of an observation or private railroad car.

In the spirit of true whistle-stop tradition, the Museum will recreate some of the famous whistle-stop campaign speeches from Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Current local politicians will also join us to make a few of their own whistle-stop speeches.

And during the event, be sure to visit our exhibit Getting out the Vote: Trains in Colorado Elections, open July through December. You can also join us Friday evening, August 26 for the Museum’s Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Politics and Trains lecture event.

We will have current politicians and historical re-enactors on hand performing whistle stop campaign speeches throughout the day from the back of a festively festooned train car. This event is held in conjunction with Colorado Rails & Cocktails: Politics and Trains taking place the August 26.

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Trick or Treat Train

Saturday October 29

It’s full steam ahead for tricks, treats and trains at the Colorado Railroad Museum!

The Railroad Halloween Town is a safe place to enjoy Halloween. Catch a ride behind the historic locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume.

Visit all of the Town’s special stops to fill your treat bags and tickle your funny bones including the “not so spooky” haunted railcar and the Olde Railroaders silly graveyard. And, get a great picture of your costume as you pause in front of our Pumpkin Patch cart.

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