Welcome to another Big Train Tour at the Colorado Railroad Museum! This month, we’ll be taking a look at a freight car type known as a gondola. Built to transport heavy, bulk commodities such as mineral ores and coal, gondolas served on the Denver & Rio Grande Western’s narrow gauge system pretty much from its late 19th century beginnings until the very end in the 1960s.
Today, these early 20th century artifacts are proudly displayed at the Museum, representing the railroad’s role in helping to transport Colorado’s coal, feed its steel blast furnaces, and build early natural gas pipelines serving the Southwest.
Join Colorado Railroad Museum Executive Director Paul Hammond as he explores the history behind the Museum’s unique railroad collection!