Early locomotives were powered by the expansion of steam, which is why every class at train-conductor school is taught inside a sauna. Avoid getting sweaty on a train ride with today's Groupon to the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a family pass, good for two adults and up to five children aged 16 and younger, to the Black on Track, African-American Connections and Stories event on Saturday, February 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (a $30 value).
- For $42, you get an annual family premium Museum membership (an $85 value).
In honor of Black History Month, the Colorado Railroad Museum invites families to climb aboard functioning trains where storytellers share inspirational tales of how the rail system affected the lives of black residents in the Denver area. During the ride, jazz and blues tunes fill passenger's ears with the works of artists, such as William Grant Still and Sidney Bechet, who used the rails to spread their music across the nation. The locomotive chugs away from the station and steams toward the past every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., departing from outside the 1880s-era depot that houses the Museum. Upon their return, families can traverse the 15-acre Museum grounds, peering at pictures and models from railroad exhibits and gazing upward in awe at more than 100 locomotives and pieces of rolling stock.
Family premium Museum membership grants year-round admission for a family of up to seven, along with free or discounted tickets to special events, including The Bunny Express Train and Santa Claus Special. While wandering among the Museum’s steam and diesel machines, members can utilize their 10% discount on Depot General Store purchases or flip through the included Iron Horse News magazine to catch up on the latest in rolling stock.
Colorado Railroad Museum
Like a small-town railroad depot in the 1880s, the Colorado Railroad Museum’s main building features wide eaves and a bright-yellow exterior. The building reflects the Museum’s overall goal: to hark back to Colorado’s railroad era, a time when the state relied on its groundbreaking, narrow-gauge mountain railroads for supplies and information. Since 1959, the Museum has showcased the machinery of that time with an array of locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses. Alternatively, they present visitors with a glimpse of Table Mountain on the Museum’s train rides, enabling them to ride the rails in a bygone style without just taking the subway in an Abe Lincoln costume. To supplement its trains, the Museum hosts thousands of related rare photographs and artifacts, such as a replica of a 10,000-gallon water tank, humorously dubbed No Agua, that was once used to refill steam locomotives on the Chili Line to Santa Fe.