Triple Steam Weekend

May 15, 2021 - May 16, 2021


For the first time in its 62-year history, the Colorado Railroad Museum will have three coal-fired narrow-gauge locomotives under steam and operating for two days in May! This first-ever-of-its-kind event will offer fans of Colorado history an exciting opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a time when steam locomotives were an important part of the state's transportation network, its economy, and its social fabric.

For this event, three different locomotives will be featured and under steam! These include Rio Grande Southern steam locomotive No. 20 (vintage 1899, it debuted in 2020 after a 14-year, $2M+ restoration); Colorado's oldest operating steam locomotive, Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 346 (vintage 1881, celebrating its 140th birthday!); and Colorado's largest coal-fired steam locomotive, Denver & Rio Grande Western class K-37 No. 491 (vintage 1927).

Both Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, the Museum grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A parade of all three locomotives will kick things off at 9:30 a.m. each morning, with Train Rides beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing every half-hour until 3 p.m. Special double-headed steam trains will operate at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. both days. Locomotive No. 491 will return to the roundhouse after the morning's parade and remain there, under steam, for viewing and occasional demonstration trips onto the turntable.

Masks are required for Museum entrance, and must be worn when indoors, aboard trains, and when safe distances cannot be maintained otherwise. Social distancing guidelines remain in effect for everyone's safety. Museum Grounds and Train Ride capacity remain limited due to pandemic-related restrictions, so advance purchase of admission and train ride tickets is strongly recommended.

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