Welcome to the website of the Pueblo Railway Museum

The Pueblo Railway Museum is part of the Pueblo Railway Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-deductible organization. All the equipment and railcars belong to either the Foundation, or are on loan by their owners who are also Museum members.

Our Mission Statement

The Mission of the Pueblo Railway Foundation is to Operate, Preserve, and Display railroad equipment and history.

The Pueblo Railway Foundation and Museum are funded in part by the City of Pueblo and the County of Pueblo, through annual grants awarded by the Community Services Advisory Commission.

Welcome to our website!

For this new website, launched in February of 2021, we have taken the opportunity to renovate the site to make it more modern, more mobile-friendly, more informative, and more intuitive. Our goal with this website is to make it a significant resource for historical information about the items in our railroad collection. This website also features interesting facts about the history of railroading in Pueblo and the surrounding area.

The continuing development of this new website represents an ongoing commitment by the PRF to fulfill the educational aspect of its mission. We welcome your feedback.

Hours of Operation

You can visit our Museum during one of our public events, or visit any time during daylight hours behind the Pueblo Union Depot for a self-guided tour. You can also call our Tour Guide, Ron Roach, at 719-544-1773 for a guided tour of our restoration shop where there is even more to see! For details on all the different ways you can visit our Museum, click here.

The Pueblo Railway Museum – a “Closer Look”

Dave Dandurand, the webmaster for the Museum’s website, was interviewed last year by Dan Beck, Regional Public Affairs Manager for K-LOVE radio in Phoenix, Arizona. The interview originally aired on June 13, 2021, on their radio program called “Closer Look”. The interview is available online at the link below.

Dan Beck spends his time at K-LOVE searching online for nonprofits and agencies serving communities in areas where their radio network has stations. One of his topics of interest has been highlighting the existence of museums and other civic spaces which were either temporarily closed, or very restricted during the pandemic. Dan was particularly interested in the Pueblo Railway Museum because he is a bit of a railroad fan himself!

If you are not familiar with the Pueblo Railway Museum (or even if you are!), this interview is a great way to learn more about who we are, why we do what we do, how you can visit us, how you can contribute to our work, and how we connect with and preserve Pueblo’s railroad history.

To listen to the radio interview, click here.

America’s Birthday, Monday, July 4

Celebrate America’s Birthday on July 4, at the Pueblo Union Depot!  This event will take place from 9AM to 1PM.  Come and ride our “Patriot” engine, or one of our three cabooses.  Train ride tickets are $15 for a ride in the Patriot engine, and $10 for a ride in one of the cabooses.  Children under 3 ride the train free!  Cash or check only, please.  Each train ride is approximately 20 minutes, so there will be multiple opportunities during the event to ride the train.

This event features a special treat with our train rides!  All paid riders will receive a free ice cream and bottled water to help you beat the heat!

Our volunteer-staffed “hot dog” concession stand will be in operation, with hot dogs, pop, and chips for an additional cost.

For a list of all of our planned events in 2022, click here.

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Father’s Day Train
June 18, 2022

Thanks to our patrons who came out to ride our trains the day before Father’s Day. We had a good crowd, with about 40 riders getting their first look at C&W caboose #3, our new addition to our train. Our hot dog stand got some good reviews. Folks also helped out when the wind tried to blow their tent away!

We had a very good turnout of volunteers for this event. A special shoutout to Nick Valdez, who came over from his usual Canon City Royal Gorge duties to expertly drive our train! Thanks also to Colin Mellin, Ken Valdez, Tyler and Tanner Seeley, Reid Adams, John McDowell, Jerry Dandurand, Dee Applegate, Mary and Matt Winterrowd, Lynnette and Kendall Crouch, and Ron Roach, for their efforts to make the event successful.

To give you an idea of what our events are like, check out our YouTube channel, which has lots of cool videos showing some of our past events. Click here for a list of videos.

Railroading History

As the effects of the pandemic continue to linger, it may seem difficult at times to get out and visit railroad museums like ours to learn about the history of the railroads in our great state of Colorado. Nevertheless, opportunities do exist online for learning about railroad history and how the railroads of yesterday continue to impact our lives today. The history is just a few clicks away, does not require facemasks to access, and is accessible from home.

Be aware, exposure to history seems dull at first, but can become addictive. As recreational travel gradually becomes more “normal” again, consider a journey to some of Colorado’s many historic railroad sites, and find yourself lost in thought about the people, technologies, and cultures that created the USA.

To get you started on this journey, we recommend information about Colorado railroads, since the Pueblo Railway Foundation is based in Pueblo, Colorado, but also because the railroads had a great deal of impact (both good and bad) on the history of our great state.

The “Learn More” button below will take you to a page which has several links to the History Colorado website. We hope you enjoy the journey.

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