Colorado Railroad Museum’s “Colorado Crossings” Event Features Two Steam Locomotives, Three “Galloping Geese” and Railroad Fun
GOLDEN, Colo. – The Colorado Railroad Museum is bringing back Denver Metro’s largest and most colorful festival of operating trains over the weekend of May 14-15, 2022. Called “Colorado Crossings: Intersections of History,” the event will feature two coal-fired narrow-gauge locomotives under steam plus three “Galloping Geese” in operation. These beloved self-propelled rail cars once carried mail over Lizard Head Pass in southwest Colorado.
“Railroads helped transform Colorado from a mountain wilderness into a booming state, and at this event we will feature a variety of operating locomotives, cars and equipment so that visitors can experience the sights, sounds, smells and thrills of early railroading in the Centennial State,” said Paul Hammond, executive director of the Colorado Railroad Museum.
The weekend’s activities include:
· Rides on a steam train pulled by Rio Grande Southern No. 20 (a vintage 1899 locomotive that just completed a $2 million, 14-year restoration in 2020) or in Rio Grande Southern “Galloping Goose” railcar No. 7.
· A “Parade of Geese and Steam” that will include three Rio Grande Southern “Galloping Geese” railcars, Nos. 2, 6, and 7, all built in Colorado in the 1930s (only seven Galloping Geese were ever built), plus 1899-vintage Rio Grande Southern steam locomotive No. 20 and 1928-vintage Denver & Rio Grande Western steam locomotive No. 491. For rail photo buffs, this will be the very first time in the museum’s history that such an impressive parade of vintage railroad equipment has been offered.
· Indoor and outdoor model railroads to marvel at, including a giant G-gauge outdoor garden railroad complete with buildings, tunnels, trestles and miniature live trees.
· Opportunities for kids and adults to step aboard rail cars and cabooses, ring locomotive bells, and see more than 100 locomotives and cars on display.
· Turntable demonstrations will be ongoing each day, allowing visitors the chance to push a full-sized railroad turntable by hand.
· Roundhouse tours will allow visitors to see Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 491 up close and under steam. This is the largest operating coal-fired, narrow-gauge steam locomotive in Colorado.
· Two new exhibits, one focusing on the Pullman Company and its legacy, the other highlighting how communications on the railroad were done “Without Words.”
· Demonstrations by a blacksmith forging tools and trinkets from railroad spikes.
· And speaking of “Spike” — the museum’s mascot, Spike the dog, will also be on hand this weekend for photos and selfies!
· A “Big Boy of a Used Book Sale” with hundreds of used railroad books available at bargain-basement prices.
· Food, beverages and treats will be available for purchase both days. Come join the fun!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
On both Sat. and Sun., May 14-15, 2022
· Museum grounds open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Parade of Geese and Steam starts at 9:30 a.m.
· Train rides pulled by steam locomotive No. 20 or aboard Galloping Goose No. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with departures every half hour
· Blacksmith demonstrations, roundhouse tours and activities ongoing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Regular Museum Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 2-17, Museum Members and under age 2 free.
Train Rides are an additional $4 adults and seniors, $2 ages 2-17, Museum Members and under age 2 ride free.
Museum Grounds and Train Ride capacity are limited for ongoing guest comfort and safety, so advance purchase of admission and train ride tickets is strongly recommended.
Colorado Crossings tickets are on sale, click here to order in advance. For more information, or to reserve Admission and Train Ride tickets for this colorful railroading event, please visit www.ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org or call (303) 279- 4591 during the Museum’s normal business hours. All Aboard!
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COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM
Consistently ranked by Visit Denver as one of the top 10 attractions in the city, the Colorado Railroad Museum features the most comprehensive collection of railroad history in the state with more than 100 narrow- and standard-gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and freight cars. Located on a spectacular 15-acre site in Clear Creek Valley in Golden, CO, the museum has a half mile circle of operating track offering weekend train rides, along with a working roundhouse and turntable, railroad library, exhibition galleries, outdoor pavilion, and a huge indoor HO model railroad and outdoor G-scale garden railway. The Colorado Railroad Museum offers interactive family fun mixed with authentic Colorado railroad history.
MEDIA: THIS EVENT IS VISUAL!
Because steam locomotives have to be fired up in advance, there are opportunities for visual stories and photos on Friday, May 13 as well as May 14-15. Locomotive cab rides are available for qualified media.
Interviews on the history and the importance of railroading to Colorado, as well as family activities and model railroading can be arranged. For live cast or media scheduling, please contact Joy Meadows at 303-522-9045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.