Colorado train festivals, events & shows

May 10, 2013 — Leave a comment
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad HeidiTown.com

Instagram photo of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

May 11th is National Train Day, which means it will be an excellent day to ride a train or visit a train museum, like the Colorado Railroad Museum or the Greeley Freight Station Museum.

There are wonderful, year-round opportunities in Colorado to experience trains, both full-size passenger trains and model railroads.

I have compiled a list of festivals and shows for you to consider this summer, fall and winter. I did my best to find of these events as possible, but I know I haven’t found all of them, so please feel free to leave a comment if you know about one I haven’t mentioned here.

I have not included the many special events that occur on passenger trains, such as “beer train” or “Christmas train,” but I have included links to all the passenger trains in Colorado at the bottom of this post, so you can visit each of their websites to learn more.

Colorado Railroad Museum HeidiTown.com

Instagram photo taken at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado.

Colorado Train Festivals

3rd Annual Durango Blues Train

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

May 31-June 1, 2013 in Durango

DurangoBluesTrain.com

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival presents the 3rd Annual Durango Blues Train Ride. Listen to six live blues and Zydeco acts while aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

White Water Rafting Race Train

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

June 21, 2013 in Canon City

RoyalGorgeRoute.com

The train follows the Down River Kayak Race & Down River Raft Race from Parkdale back to Canyon City. Pick a team and cheer them on. 

Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Train

July 20 & July 21, 2013

CFDTrain.com

Union Pacific 4-8-4 #844 powers the annual excursion from Denver, Colorado to Cheyenne Wyoming and return trip.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railraod car HeidiTown.com

Instagram photo at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad station.

Durango Railfest

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

August 15-18, 2013 in Durango

DurangoTrain.com

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is partnering with TRUE WEST Magazine for this year’s “True West Railfest.”

For other events aboard the Leadville, Colorado & Southern and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, including photography excursions, check out this informative website.

Colorado Train Shows

TECO Train Expo Colorado

June 15-16, 2013 in Colorado Springs

http://www.tecoshow.org

Rocky Mountain Toy Train Show

November 30-December 1, 2013 in Denver

RockyMountainToyTrainShow.com

Train Show

December 14, 2013 in Longmont

At the Boulder County Fairgrounds

More info bmrc.info@gmail.com

Rails in the Rockies 2014

February 15-16, 2014 in Estes Park

RailsintheRockies.org

Engine at the Colorado Railroad Museum HeidiTown

At the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado.

Links to Colorado passenger trains:

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Georgetown Loop Railroad

Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

The Royal Gorge Route
Note:  Many of these trains have special events throughout the years, including Christmas trains, wine trains, beer trains and more. Check their websites to learn more.

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