Tourist & Museum Railways in
#480 at work on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge
Railroad Museum in Golden offers steam or diesel hauled rides on a
loop of 3ft (914 mm) gauge track in the grounds of the museum on a few
days during the course of the year.
- Colorado Springs & Interurban Railway interurban
museum offering rides within the museum grounds on most Saturdays and
certain other days. A longer main line is proposed.
- Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
Cripple Creek to Victor, about 2 miles (3 km) 2 ft (610 mm) gauge,
usually steam hauled. Operates daily from late May to early October.
& Toltec Scenic Railroad Antonito to Chama NM, about 64 miles
(103 km) 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, usually steam hauled. Operates daily
from late May to mid October. Passengers may join at either terminus.
Connects at Antonito with the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.
- Denver Zoo has a miniature railway about ¼ mile
(360m) in length. Natural gas powered steam outline locomotive
(Website contains few details relating to railway)
& Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Durango to Silverton, about
45 miles (72 km) 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, usually steam hauled. Operates
the whole length of the line daily from May to October. Short journeys
from Durango to Cascade Canyon operate daily in late November, December,
March and April, Wednesdays to Saturdays in January and February.
Collins Municipal Railway historic trams (streetcars) operating
on about 1½ miles (2.4 km)of track in Fort Collins. Operates
at weekends and holidays from May to September. Picks up at four stops
along Mountain Avenue, between City Park and Downtown.
Goose historic narrow gauge diesel railcar operating on a few days
during the year on the lines of the Cumbres & Toltec or the
Durango & Silverton Railroad.
- Georgetown Loop Railroad Georgetown to Silver
Plume rising about 640 ft (195 m) via the spiral Georgetown Loop, a
distance of about 3 miles (5 km). 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, usually steam
hauled. Operates daily from May to October, weekends late November and
early December, dailt late December. Passengers may join at either
terminus, but during those joining at Silver Plume have the option of a
tour of the old Lebanon Silver Mine. Evening dining trains operate
at certain times.
- Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver has a 22 in
(559 mm) gauge miniature railway, over 1 mile (1.8 km) in length,
circling Lake Rhoda. Steam and diesel hauled. Operates weekends
May to mid September, and weekday evenings mid June to early August
(Website contains little information relating to railway)
- Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad
Leadville to Climax, about 12 miles (19 km). Standard gauge, diesel
hauled. Operates daily from late May to early October.
- Pike’s Peak
Cog Railway Manitou Springs to Pike’s Peak, a little under 9 miles
(14 km) with a rise of 7539 ft (2298 m). Narrow gauge rack (cog)
railway, operated by diesel railcars. Operates most days throughout
the year, subject to weather conditions in the winter months.
Valley Trolley historic trams (streetcars) converted to diesel
traction, operating in southern Denver. Operates Fridays to Sundays,
April to October, also Wednesdays and Thursdays in summer. Various
Grande Scenic Railroad three separate routes on the tracks of
the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad:
Standard gauge, steam or diesel hauled. Operates daily late May
to mid-October. Short trips from Alomoso are also operated on certain
days in December.
- Alomoso to La Veta. Passengers may join at either terminus,
although a round trip from La Veta is possible only at weekends.
- Alomoso to Monte Vista. Passengers may join at either
- Alomoso to Antonito. Passengers may join at either terminus.
Connects at Antonito with the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic
- Rocky Mountaineer luxury cruise train between
Denver and Moab UT on the tracks of Union Pacific. Operates late
summer and early autumn.
- Royal Gorge Route Railroad Canon City to Parkdale,
about 12 miles (19 km) on the tracks of the Rock & Rail Railroad.
Standard gauge, diesel hauled. Operates daily from late May to early
October, and most days from mid-November to New Year. Dining trains
operate on most Saturdays throughout the year.
Park Rail Society betwen the Roundhouse and the Depot Museum in
Como, about 330 yards (300 m). Possible future extension to King
Branch, about 1 miles (1.6 km). 3ft (914 mm) gauge, usually steam
hauled. Operates most weekends during the summer and for special
events. Nearby is Rocky Point, a short section of restored line
below the Boreas Pass, where rides are offered on a hand propelled
Town Railroad historic steam hauled 15 inch (381 mm) gauge
miniature railway set in a townscape of 1/6 scale replica buildings.
Tiny Town, near Morrison. Operates daily June to August and weekends
in May and September.
Photo Image © Kim Pollock