Party and Facility



The Colorado Railroad Museum offers the perfect setting year-round, for your next “Train-Themed” birthday party or celebration. Select one of several rental locations including 4 historic railcars located on the Museum’s 15-acre railyard, located in scenic Golden, Colorado.

Union Pacific Dining Car No. 4801

The 48-seat diner No. 4801 was one of 17 built for Union Pacific in 1949 by American Car & Foundry for use on the streamliners City of Los AngelesCity of San FranciscoCity of Portland and City of Denver. Fine meals were cooked to order in a small galley staffed by a chef and three cooks, and were served by a staff of up to six waiters under the direction of a steward.

You have the opportunity to host your own private catered meal for up to 44 guests on this exquisite UP Dining Car. Perfect for a reception, birthday, cocktail party or fundraiser. Rental of the Dining Car includes admission for all of your guests.

Diner Rental $200.00 per hour
$250.00 per hour after 5:00PM
Up to 44 people, 2 hour minimum.

Upper Gallery

The Upper Gallery is an in-door rental location with access to HDTV Screen, Projector, 8-foot Tables, and Chairs. This is the perfect setting for your next business meeting or employee training session.

$100.00 per hour
$150.00 per hour after 5:00PM
50 people maximum, no hourly limit.

Photography Groups

$20 per person outside of normal museum hours ($30 during Special Events).

10 person minimum. Private photo shoots can be scheduled from 6am-9am or 5pm-8pm most weekdays.


For Birthday Caboose Rentals please contact the Museum at 303-279-4591.

In addition to birthday parties & celebrations the Museum has a wide range of rental options for your next event.

For more information on weddings, company picnics after hour events, and other venue rentals please contact the Museum’s Event & Volunteer Manager Danielle Ghear.

General Terms of Use

  • Rentals are offered 7 days a week. Access to venues on weekends is based on availability and the yearly Colorado Railroad Museum events calendar.
  • 30% deposit is due immediately upon booking to hold reservation
  • Events must be cancelled 2 weeks in advance in order to receive a full refund of deposit.
  • If applicable, liquor permits must be applied for, paid for and provided to the Museum by the party renting the venue.
  • The Museum retains the right to cancel any rental event/meeting due to adverse weather or any phenomenon which puts the safety of guests and staff at risk, based on required safety regulations.

Chicago Burlington & Quincy Caboose No. 13862

Built-in 1917 this standard gauge wooden caboose has been retrofitted with eight Formica-topped tables, a large serving
counter, a special seating area in the cupola for young children, and bench seating!

$150.00 Standard Rental includes:
– All-day admission for 20 guests, ages 2 & older!
Additional admissions are available for $5.00 each.
1 helium Mylar Thomas balloon!

Available year-round (EXCEPT during Theme EventsSpecial Events
and Ride the Rails Days).

$200.00 Ride the Rails rental includes:
All of the Standard Rental benefits plus unlimited rides for you and your guests!

Available during Ride the Rails Days.

The Caboose has heating, lighting and an electrical outlet. Available for select 2 hour rental periods daily: 9:15AM, 11:45AM & 2:15PM.

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Business Car No. 96

No. 96 was built by CB&Q as a traveling office with overnight accommodations and kitchen facilities. Up to twelve officers, board members or friends of the railroad could travel in quiet comfort to cities and towns served by the railroad. Help us raise funds to restore this car by hosting your very own private dinner on board the CB&Q.

Business Car Rental $1,500.00 Fundraiser Includes:
– Intimate Dining Experience for up to 6 guests on the CB&Q First Class Business Car
– Private Chef & Server will curate a multiple course menu based on your dietary preferences
– Drink service, tour of the rail car, dinner, dessert, sodas, tea and/or coffee included.

All Business Car Rentals occur after 5:00PM, Alcohol permitted – guests must provide their own alcohol. Limit 6 people.

Picnic Pavilion

The Museum’s outdoor Picnic Pavilion is the an excellent option for groups with a large number of attendees.

$400 per hour (full pavilion, 150 guest maximum)

$250 per hour (half pavilion, 75 guest maximum)
$150 per hour (quarter pavilion, 25 guest maximum)

$500 per hour after 5:00PM

$1,200 Full Day (9am-5pm, 200 guest maximum)
$2,500 Full Evening (3pm-10pm, 200 guest maximum)

Museum is open to the public from 9am to 5pm. All hourly pavilion rentals include a 30 min set-up/clean-up window before or after event at your discretion. Alcohol is permitted after 5pm but guests must provide their own alcohol. If choosing the Full Evening option, your guests will have the opportunity to explore the museum and catch a train ride between 3-4pm. You will be able to begin set up in the pavilion for your event between 4-5p. All alcohol and food service can begin at 5pm.

Upcoming Events at The Colorado Railroad Museum

Designing the Future: The Works & Career of Otto Kuhler

On display April 18th to June 9th, 2019 at Foothills Art Center. Opening Reception, Free to Colorado Railroad Museum Members on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 6:00PM-8:00PM. To commemorate our 60th anniversary, the Colorado Railroad Museum has partnered with Foothills Art Center to present an exhibition highlighting the artistry and talent of industrial designer Otto […]

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Foothills Art Center, 809 Fifteenth Street
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Boulder County Free Days

2019 Schedule April 19, August 16 & October 25 Catch a ride behind one of the Museum’s historic steam locomotives in vintage passenger cars. Admission: Boulder Residents Free, $10 Adults, $5 Children (2-15), $8 Seniors (60+). Residents of Boulder, Museum Members and Children under 2 are free. Ride Tickets: Boulder Residents Free, $4 Adults (16+), […]

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Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403 United States
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The Friday Tour – Highlights Tour

Each Friday, join us for an hour of exploring a different aspect of Colorado’s railroad history. Each tour covers a specific theme (Locomotives, Cabooses, Railroad Kitchens, Highlight Tours , Settling Colorado or Railroad Post Office Cars)! Tours are subject to change and are based on guide availability. Each week’s theme is explored using a variety […]

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Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403 United States
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Bunny Express Train

All aboard the Bunny Express Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Let the rock of the rails transport you into spring with an annual tradition at the Museum. Your whole family can hop on the Bunny Express Train, featuring the 1880s vintage passenger coach, and experience what it was like to travel 100 years ago. […]

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Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403 United States
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Rail Days: A Colorado Field Trip

Join the Colorado Railroad Museum as we celebrate the impact of railroads on Colorado History. 2nd Grade - 6th Grade 10:00AM-1:00PM Wednesday-Friday April 24-26, 2019 $8 per participant, per day. Paid reservations required by Wednesday April 17, 2019 Ride behind one of the actual locomotives that rode the Colorado rails in the 19th and early […]

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Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403 United States
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Come Hitch a Ride

15-acre railyard with over 100 locomotives is waiting for you to explore. 


17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403

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Open Daily
9:00am – 5:00pm

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(800) 365-6263

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