City of Boulder Historic Train
About the historic trains
We are pleased to display these treasured historic assets to the public again following extensive restorations. These assets, while currently on display at the Colorado Railroad Museum, are owned by the City of Boulder and will be returned to the city once a suitable location is identified.
Free days at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Join us at the Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden. Boulder residents will receive free admission and a train ride if the weather permits. To get free entry into the museum, adults will need to provide proof of an address inside the city limits of Boulder with photo identification.
Train history (including the locomotive, coach and caboose)
(Please note: All locations referenced below are in Colorado unless otherwise noted. Some are historic and many not appear on contemporary maps.)
- 1952 – Residents of Boulder, led by John B. Schoolland, raised funds to purchase Locomotive No.30; Rio Grande Southern Caboose No.0401; and Denver & Rio Grande Western Coach No.280. The two rail cars and engine were purchased and put on display in Boulder's Central Park.
- 1996-1998 – Restoration plans for Boulder's train were adopted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Colorado Historical Society.
- 2012 – All of Boulder's train assets were moved to the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. They will remain in Golden until the City of Boulder can determine the best long-term location for displaying its historic trains.
See links in the gray box for more historical information.
Restoration on the deteriorating wood siding of the historic railroad coach 280 has been completed and is currently on display.