Colorado Passenger Trains

I've included small-scale park trains where you can take the kids for a ride (and adults have fun too, even if they don't admit it!)

A click on the link will take you to my page for the train, where you can find a link at the bottom of the page for more information if I don’t have what you want.  If I have nothing about a particular train a click will take you to the train’s web site.

Statewide

 

Amtrack #5 – California Zephyr

Diesel
Daily from Chicago, through Colorado via the Moffat Tunnel and Glenwood Canyon, to San Francisco
Popular ride is Denver to Glenwood Springs

Union Pacific

Steam and diesel
Service between Denver and Cheyenne during Cheyenne Frontier Days
Denver to Pueblo during Colorado State Fair
Northern 844 or Challenger 3985 provide steam power
E-9 streamliners 951, 949 and 963B provide diesel power
Historic equipment is based in Cheyenne, WY - museum and steam shop tours
Excursion schedule is usually posted April or so, not all excursions have passengers

 

Shortline

Sorted by location

 
Rio Grande Scenic

Alamosa / La Veta - Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Steam and diesel
New operation, started 2006
Operates out of Alamosa, service between Antonito and La Veta
Connects with Cumbres & Toltec in Antonito
Limited winter weekend operations, North Pole trains in November/December

It is also a working freight shortline

Antonito - Cumbres & Toltec

Steam
Narrow-gauge
Service between Antonito, CO and Chama, NM
Seasonal photo runs
Full day ride
No winter operations, except Cinder Bear Christmas Express
Watch for possible photo ops in spring with rotary plow

 

Byers - Colorado Live Steamers

Steam
Club operation, rides available on select days
7 1/2" gauge live steam
Build it, bring it, run it

 

Camp Hale - Gold Park Railroad

Diesel
Park Gauge
(I can't find a link)

Canon City - Royal Gorge Scenic

Gas
Park gauge train for all ages
1.5 miles each way, with numerous trestles, to reach the edge of the Royal Gorge
Awesome view of the gorge and suspension bridge
Definite must-ride if in the area

Canon City - Royal Gorge Park - Incline Railway

Hydraulic
Cable car from rim to river bottom
Patio in bottom next to Rio Grande hanging bridge
Excellent photo spot for passing trains
Included in park admission

Canon City - Royal Gorge Park - Silver Rock Railway

Gas
Park gauge, better suited to the kiddies
One mile loop track through several “historic” locales, such as, “Boot Hill” and “Tin Cup”
Included in park admission

Canon City - Royal Gorge Railway

Diesel
A variety of options – coach, gourmet meals, wine trains, mystery trains, etc.
Runs through the bottom of the Royal Gorge
2-4 hours, depends on chosen train
Operates year-round

 

Colorado Springs - Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation

Electric
Struggling start-up trolley operation
No new web updates since 2006
They have had trolleys in operation

Cripple Creek - Cripple Greek & Victor

Steam
22" gauge, using mining equipment
Short ride, with information stops at several mines
Summer operations only

 

Denver - Lakeside Amusement Park

Steam and diesel
22" gauge
2 operating Cagney steam engines built for 1904 St Louis World's Fair
Most days a "diesel" streamliner is the motive power
12 minute  ride around the park and lake
Summer operations only

 

Denver - Rail Heritage Society

Electric
Platte Valley Trolley
25 & 55 minute rides along the Platte River
Several attractions along route, including Elitch's and Invesco Field
April - October

 

Denver - Rocky Mountain Rails

Club operation
4.75 & 7.5" gauges
Live steam

 

 

Denver - RTD

Electric
Many parts of Metro Denver are now serviced by electric light-rail

Ski Train

Denver - Ski Train

April 22, 2009 - operations ceased and equipment sold & moved to a Canadian railway

 

Denver - Zoo

Natural gas power
Park gauge
Additional charge ($2)

Durango & Silverton

Steam
Narrow-gauge
Service between Durango and Silverton, CO
Annual RailFest
Seasonal photo runs
Full day ride
Limited winter operations

 

Englewood - Bellview Park

Gas
Park gauge
Run by Englewood Lions Club at Bellview Park (Bellview & Santa Fe)
Fun ride through park includes bridge crossing over creek
Fairly long loop track

 

Fort Collins - City Park

Diesel
Park Gauge
Summer operations

 

Fort Collins - Municipal Railway

Electric
Trolleys used to service Fort Collins
One line remains, between Old Town and City Park
Summer weekend operations only

Georgetown / Silver Plume - Georgetown Loop

Steam
Narrow-gauge
Ride between Georgetown and Silver Plume, CO
Cross the famous Devil’s Gate High Bridge
Disembark and tour the Lebanon Mine
75 minute ride + mine tour
Limited winter operations

Golden - Colorado Railroad Museum

Steam, diesel, goose
Narrow-gauge
Several steam-ups through the year
Galloping Goose #7 is currently running every Saturday
Thomas the Train in the fall
Short loop track around museum grounds
Saturday goose rides are $4 each
Steam-up rides are included in a higher than normal admission cost

Golden - Rio Golden

Gas
Located at Heritage Square
15" gauge
4/5 mile ride, 110' trestle
Year-round operation

Leadville Colorado & Southern, Leadville, CO

Diesel
Nice, 2 hour ride from Leadville, to near the Climax Mine and back
Summer operation only

Loveland - Northshore Park

Gas
Park gauge
Great way to entertain the little ones for an afternoon
Lockable caboose and box car so the little ones can ride alone
Short loop track
Joint operation between city and Lions Club, 75 cents a ride
Summer operations only

PPRR24

Manitou Springs - Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Diesel
25% grade
Runs to the summit of Pikes Peak - 14,110 feet
3.5 hr round trip, includes 30-40 minutes on the summit
Modern, Swiss made, diesel powered cog cars
Operating steam engine for rare special events
Open year-round, how close to the summit it runs depends on weather
Snow blower photo ops

Tiny Town

Morrison - Tiny Town & Railroad

Steam
Park gauge live steam railroad
A small scale town for the kids
Summer operations only

 

Parker - Kenly Railroad

7.5" gauge
I don't know if it is open to public
(I can't find a link)

 

Pueblo - Goodnight City Park

Diesel
Park Gauge
(I can't find a link)

 

South Fork / Creede - Wagon Wheel Gap

Start-up operation between Creede and South Fork
Steam power and rolling stock is in Monte Vista at the Rio Grande Historical Societies headquarters
Small depot has been moved on-site in South Fork, nice depot at Wagon Wheel Gap
Extended legal battles have slowed start-up
Sept 08 - a handful of Creede residents have successfully convinced the State to terminate the railroads right-of-way in Creede.  Plans are to now end the line about a mile outside of Creede.
Aug 11 - They have a railbus and are running a full schedule between South Fork and Wagon Wheel Gap.  Steam engine is in the shop and they are hoping for it to be operational in about 3 years.

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