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.

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Magnificent May: Moms, Music & Model Trains

Saturday, May 21

We are celebrating our favorite things about the month of May. Join us from 12:00 to 4:00PM for Magnificent May: Moms, Music & Model Trains.

A picnic with Mom, jazz music in the summer-like breezes and the distant whistle of trains highlight this special day.

Our new pavilion is an ideal picnic spot to take in an afternoon of live music. Singer Wendy Fopeano will join pianist Doug Roche — both renowned local jazz artists — as they perform timeless tunes from the Great American Songbook. Performances will begin at 12:00PM and 2:30PM.

Enjoy fascinating demonstrations from model train clubs, and don’t forget to visit the Museum’s permanent G-scale model railway from the Denver Garden Railway Society and our HO model railway from the Denver HO Model Railroad Club.

So pack a picnic lunch and come along for an afternoon celebrating May!

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Steampunk at the Station

Saturday June 18

Our steam engines create the perfect backdrop for the popular genre of “science fiction meets the 19th century Industrial Age” found in music, clothing, art and lifestyle. With a nod to Steampunk icon, Tesla, we invite guests to arrive in their finest Steampunk attire and/or with their Steampunk gadget for 50% off admission to the Museum! (Discounted tickets cannot be purchased on line. You must arrive in costume and purchase from Guest Services in our gift shop.)

  • Terrific photo ops
  • Steam engines running rides throughout the day
  • Steampunk vendors and buskers on hand

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Please note: Absolutely NO weapons, real or facsimile, permitted on Museum property. Violators will be asked to leave. The Colorado Railroad Museum is not liable for lost or damaged gadgets brought to our site.

Tickets for the evening Steampunk at the Station Concert are separate. Learn more now.

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 a historic steam locomotive and follow the dinosaur tracks around the Museum’s 15-acre railyard. And don’t miss the adventurous stories of these prehistoric reptiles during our Dinosaur Storytime.

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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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