Never Stop Learning
The Colorado Railroad Museum’s popular topical lecture series, Rails & Cocktails, returns with a diverse schedule of talented presenters. Additional programs include Behind-the-Scenes Tours and other unique experience opportunities.
Advanced ticket purchase is required.
EXPLORE MORE OF THE MUSEUM
COLORADO RAILS & COCKTAILS
An Evening of Colorado History. Relax, have a beverage, and travel back to a time when railroads shaped the American West.
April 5 – William Henry Jackson Then & Now
June 28 – Happy 60th Birthday Colorado Railroad Museum
August 2 – The Railroad That Never Was
October 4 – Murder & Mayhem on the Tracks
November 1 – Golden’s First Railroads
Admission: $20 Adults, $15 Museum Members. Ages 21+ only.
Admission includes 2 beverages of your choice (beer, wine or soda) and snacks.
Bar opens at 6:30PM, presentation starts promptly at 7:00PM. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:30PM. Click the above topics to learn more about each presentation.
June 7-9, 2019
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad with a decidedly Colorado twist.
The top scholars in railroad history explore the struggles undertaken to build one continuous line of track from coast to coast and the resulting impact this had on our nation’s settlement and economy.
THE FRIDAY TOUR
Each Friday, join us for an hour of exploring a different aspect of Colorado’s railroad history. Tours are subject to change and are based on guide availability. Each week’s theme is explored using a variety of museum resources to help bring the subject to life with the understanding that guests are welcome to continue their visit on their own after the tour.
Highlights: February 15, March 1, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2 & 16, September 6 & 20, October 4 & 18, November 1 & 15, December 6, 20 & 27.
Caboose: February 22, May 31, June 28, August 30, September 27, October 25 & November 29.
Locomotives: March 15, June 14, July 26, August 23, October 11 & November 22.
Kitchens: May 10, July 12, September 13 & November 8.
Post Office Cars: April 12, May 24, August 9 & December 13.
Settling Colorado: March 22.
Admission: $3 plus general admission. $10 adults, $5 kids 2-15 (under 2 is free), $8 seniors (60+). Museum members and children under age 2 are free.
Join us on the first Tuesday of the month in the upper gallery for lunch and an informal discussion led by railfan community leaders. You bring your lunch and we provide the topic and the presenter!
March 5 – Evolution & History of Heavyweight Pullmans with Tom Madden
April 2 – So You Want To Write A Railroad Book with Tom Brunner
May 7 – Ranniger’s Roadbed Commissary with Jim & Lil Ranniger
June 4 – AFEs with Bill Brown
July 2 – Photographs from the Collection “Show & Tell” with Tom Madden
August 6 – Going Home from Mines by Train in the 1960s with Russ Powers,/a>
September 3 – Main Central with Rich Gibson
October 8 – Chapel Cars on the Track with Ken Valles
November 5 – Collections & Archives at the Colorado Railroad Museum with Stephanie Gilmore
December 3 – Stories: “The Best $50 I Ever Spent” with Steve Patterson
Included with general admission: $10 adults, $5 kids 2-15 (under 2 is free), $8 seniors (60+). Museum members and children under age 2 are free!
BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR
Join staff members of the Colorado Railroad Museum for unique, behind the scenes experiences. Behind the Scenes Tours offer visitors the opportunity to explore a specific topic in detail with an expert guide. Groups are kept small to foster better conversations.
10:00AM Saturday March 9 – Roundhouse Projects with Curator of Equipment & Rolling Stock Jeff Taylor
Join Curator of Equipment & Rolling Stock Jeff Taylor for a Behind the Scenes look at some of the projects he and the folks in the roundhouse are focusing on.
Order tickets here (reservations required by Wednesday, March 6, 2019).
Admission: $20 members, $25 non-members.
Space is limited to 15 participants. Advanced reservations required, includes daily general admission!