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.
Welcome to our new website!
After three months of “technical difficulties”, the Pueblo Railway Foundation website is back! We have taken this opportunity to renovate the site to make it more modern, more mobile-friendly, more informative, and more intuitive. Our goal with this new 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”
One of our volunteers was on the radio recently! Dave Dandurand, the webmaster for the Museum, was interviewed by Dan Beck, Regional Public Affairs Manager for K-LOVE radio in Phoenix, Arizona. The interview originally aired on June 13 on their radio program called “Closer Look”, and the interview is now available online.
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 current topics of interest is highlighting the existence of museums and other civic spaces which have been 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.
Our Annual Toy Drive is November 20!
This year’s Toy Drive event, benefiting local police and fire departments, will take place on Saturday afternoon, November 20. This event will take place behind the Pueblo Union Depot (at Victoria Avenue and B Street), from 1pm to 4pm.
Every rider who brings a toy donation gets a train ride for half the usual price! That means only $8 for a locomotive ride, and only $4 for a caboose ride! Cash or check only, please.
For this event, masks are not required for those who have been vaccinated.
For a list of all of our planned 2021 events, click here.
The Cemetery Express
October 30, 2021
On Saturday, October 30, we had an outstanding Halloween event that may have broken our attendance record for a single-day event. Many visitors came out to ride the Cemetery Express and to visit the Haunted Rail Car.
We had a great group of volunteers who worked hard to make the event successful. Ron Roach, Dee Applegate, Jerry Dandurand, Dwight Maxey, Kendall Crouch, Justin Cesar, Colin Mellin, Reid Adams, Tyler Seeley, Dan Reichenbach, and Paul Brown took care of business. And a special shout-out to John McDowell for his work putting together the Haunted Rail Car, which was the highlight of the event.
To see photos of the event, check out our blog page, and make sure to enter your email address at the bottom of the page to follow our blog and get the latest news on our upcoming events!
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.
Over the past year, the pandemic has made it 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. With COVID restrictions easing, and recreational travel becoming possible 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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