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.


Opening Remarks from the Colorado Railroad Museum Executive Director Donald Tallman.
Journey to Promontory
Watch the documentary film Journey To Promontory by Richard Luckin. Stay for remarks from the filmmaker after the screening.


9:00AM with Elizabeth Nosek.
Opening Remarks
9:15AM with Donald Tallman.
An Overview of America and its Need for a Transcontinental Railroad
9:30AM with David Bain.
Morning Break
The Rail Splitter and the Railroad: Lincoln, Politics, and Disruptive Technology
10:45AM with Peter A. Hansen.
Union Pacific Story
11:30AM with Jams Ehernberger.
The Central Pacific Story
1:00PM with Kyle Wyatt.
Hell on Wheels
1:45PM with Dick Kreck.
The Colorado Connection
2:30PM with Al Dunton on the Kansas Pacific and the Denver Pacific Railroads.
Putting it all together
3:15PM with Jim Wrinn.
Closing & Thank You
4:00PM with Donald Tallman.


Day at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Join us for a day of programming at the Colorado Railroad Museum especially for symposium participants!
The Colorado Railroad Museum opens at 9:00AM and symposium visitors are encouraged to explore unique programs that include:
• Roundhouse tours including Turntable
• A William Henry Jackson Photography Exhibit
• Highlights from the Museum collection
• Open rail cars
*A coffee bar will be available on-site for this event.

Book Your Tickets Now

$75 members
$85 non-members

Order online here.

Your registration fee includes:
– Friday Evening Reception & presentation of the new documentary, Journey To Promontory.
– Saturday presentations & lunch.
– Sunday’s “Day at the Museum” special activities.
– Admission to the Colorado Railroad Museum on June 8 & 9, 2019.
Space is limited, register by Friday May 24, 2019.

Featured Presenters

David Bain Middelbury, VT; author Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad.
Al Dunton Fort Collins, CO; historian.
James Ehernberger Cheyenne, WY; historian, photographer, regular contributor to Streamliner magazine and author of over 15 books.
Peter A. Hansen Winter Park, FL; editor of Railroad History.
Dick Kreck Denver, CO; historian and author of Hell on Wheels.
Richard Luckin Golden, CO; Producer & director of Journey to Promontory.
Jim Wrinn Waukesha, WI; editor of Trains magazine.
Kyle Wyatt Sacramento, CA; retired curator and historian at the California State Railroad Museum.

Symposium Facilities

Friday & Saturday activities take place at:
#1 The American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

Sunday activities take place at:
#2 The Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403

The Symposium Hotel will be:
#3 The Table Mountain Inn
1310 Washington Avenue
Golden, CO 80401


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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9:00am – 5:00pm

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