Ride That Train! Since the railroads helped build the West, railroad towns have been beacons of hospitality, welcoming travelers from far and near to rest and relax, and make themselves at home.

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The Virginia & Truckee Railroad’s #29 Robert C. Gray 1916 Baldwin 2-8-0 consolidation locomotive was named in honor of the 96-year-old president of the V&TRR. Gray, who rode the last V&T train into Virginia City as a 17-year-old in 1938, bought the defunct line in 1972, 102 years after the train first operated between Virginia City and Carson City.
— Photo by Liz Huntington, Courtesy Virginia & Truckee Railroad —

In 1868, America was anticipating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad within the next year. The Central Pacific from Sacramento was hastily building parallel to the California Trail across northern Nevada, while the Union Pacific was tunneling through the Utah Territory’s Wasatch Mountains to reach the final mile of track near Promontory Summit. The two railways would meet May 10, 1869, when the Golden Spike was hammered, connecting a nation, and launching it headlong into the rail era. Not only did the railroads transform travel, industry and agriculture in the Western United States, but the railway companies built towns, grand train stations, hotels, restaurants, stage lines. Eventually, short line and narrow-gauge engineering masterpieces of rail and grit connected the smallest of boomtowns to the world.

Those original transcontinental lines still connect the West to the global marketplace, and Amtrak still carries passengers through fabled Western landscapes. But, while Amtrak plies the longer routes, many historic railways operate seasonally or year-round as regional heritage passenger trains departing from some of the West’s spectacular railroad towns.

At True West, we believe a summer is not complete without a weekend in a historic
rail town to enjoy the finest Western hospitality at unique hotels and restaurants, Main Street shops, local history museums and, of course, adventures aboard heritage rail lines. So pack your bags and camera, reserve your tickets and head West for an adventure of a lifetime.

All Aboard!

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Durango, Colorado

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad founded Durango astride the Animas River in 1880. Racing to get to the rich mineral reserves of the San Juan Mountains, the railroad steamed into town on August 5, 1881, and in less than 11 months the tracks to Silverton had been completed. Since 1959 the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has operated as a tourist train from May to October, with limited special trains in the winter and spring. The railroad makes it easy to customize an experience with different travel packages, including the adventurous Discover Silverton Package. When in Durango, enjoy the historic downtown district with its great variety of restaurants, pubs and specialty shops.

When in Durango, Don’t Miss: Durango Fiesta Days, July 24-29. More info @ DurangoTrain.com, Durango.org and DurangoFiestaDays.com

R&R: Historic Strater Hotel, Strater.com, (970) 247-4431; Diamond Belle Saloon, DiamondBelle.com

RV Parks: Westerly RV Park, 6440 County Road 203, Durango, (970) 247 1275, WesterlyRVPark.com; Alpen Rose RV Park, 27847 Hwy 550 North, Durango, (970) 247-5540, AlpenRoseRVPark.com

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Grand Canyon Railway.

Williams, Arizona

Grand Canyon Railway

On September 17, 1901, the Santa Fe Railway launched the 64-mile Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the Grand Canyon. The scenic line proved so popular the railway and the Fred Harvey Company built the El Tovar Hotel in 1905.  The Grand Canyon line remained a favorite of tourists until automobile tourism led to its closure in 1968. Passenger service restarted in 1989 as the Grand Canyon Railway, with daily service to and from the national park, plus special packages and train events, such as Steam Saturdays the first Saturday, May through October; the Pumpkin Patch Train, every weekend in October; and the Polar Express, November to January.

When in Williams, Don’t Miss: Williams Depot Museum and Historic Route 66. More info @ TheTrain.com and ExperienceWilliams.com

R&R: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, TheTrain.com, (800) 843-8724; Spenser’s Pub, TheTrain.com

RV Parks: Grand Canyon Railway RV Park, 601 W Franklin Ave, Williams, (800) 843-8724, TheTrain.com; Railside RV Ranch, 877 Rodeo Rd, Williams, (928) 635-4077, RailsideRV.com 

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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad’s San Juan Extension arrived in the Village of Chama in January 1881 and operated until the 1960s when economics forced it to close. Local boosters and preservationists worked to save the most scenic section of the line between Chama, New Mexico, and Antonito, Colorado, and the two states jointly bought the route, tracks and stations, opening the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad to passenger service in 1970. The 64-mile heritage railroad operates May 2 to October 31, 2018, and offers several fare packages and special trains, including firefighter and engineer school.

When in Chama, Don’t Miss: Chama Days, August 9-12. More info @ CumbresToltec.com and ChalmaValley.com

When in Antonito, Don’t Miss: Driving the beautiful and historic Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway, ConejosVacation.com and ColoradoDirectory.com

R&R: Chama: The Parlor Car Bed and Breakfast, ParlorCar.com, (575) 756-1946; Boxcar Cafe, 425 Terrace Ave, (575) 756-2706; Antonito: Steam Train Hotel, SteamTrainHotel.com,
(719) 298-8908; Dos Hermanos, 435 Main St, (719) 376-5589

RV Parks: Sky Mountain Resort RV Park, 2743 US 84, Chama, NM, (575) 756-1100,
SkyMountainResort.com; Rio Chama RV Park,

182-NM 17, Chama, NM, (575) 756-2303, RioChamaRV.com; Twin Rivers Cabins & RV Park, 34044 Highway 17, Antonito, CO, (719) 376-5710, TWNRVRS.com

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Charlie Russell Chew Choo.

Lewistown, Montana

Charlie Russell Chew Choo

Gold was discovered near Lewistown in 1880, and the town became an important trading center. In 1903, after eight years of construction, the Montana Railroad connected Lewistown with the Northern Pacific Railway. In 1908, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad purchased the line, and operated it as “The Milwaukee Road” until the 1980s. Today, the Charlie Russell Chew Choo keeps the spirit of the railroad alive with round-trip dinner train trips on a spur track from May to October and the popular North Pole Adventure in November and December.

When in Lewistown, Don’t Miss: The Central Montana Historical Museum
and Central Montana Fair, July 25-28. More info @ MontanaDinnerTrain.com,
LewistownChamber.com 
and CentralMontanaFair.com

R&R: Judith Mountain Lodge, JudithMountainLodge.com, (406) 538-7063;
Mint Bar and Grill
, 113 4th Ave S, (406) 535-9925

RV Parks: Mountain Acres RV Park and Campground, 103 Rocklyn Ave, Lewistown,
406-538-7591, CentralMontana.comGreat Falls KOA, 1500 51st St S, Great Falls,
(406) 727-3191,
KOA.com

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Nevada Northern Railway.

Ely, Nevada

Nevada Northern Railway

Ely has been a mining town ever since gold was discovered in 1878. After the early 1900s copper boom, the Nevada Northern Railway was built in 1905-’06. The 162-mile line connected the mining districts, smelters and the city with the national transcontinental lines. After the smelter closed in 1983, the train ceased running as well. Soon thereafter, a portion of the rail line was saved and reopened as the Nevada Northern Railway, which operates passenger trains daily, with the exception of holidays and Tuesdays, except in July and August. The National Historic Landmark railway has exciting passenger car options, specialty trains and even hands-on engineer training.

When in Ely, Don’t Miss: Lund Pioneer Days, Lund, July 19-21; and Ely Shoshone Tribe Fandango, July 27-29. More info @ NNRY.comElyNevada.net and WhitePineCounty.net

R&R: Hotel Nevada, HotelNevada.com, (888) 406-3055; Cell Block Steak House, JailHouseCasino.com

RV Parks: Cave Lake State Park, U.S. Highway 93-Success Summit, Ely, (775) 296-1505,
Parks.NV.gov; Ely KOA, 15396 South US Highway 93, Ely, (800) 562-6671, KOA.com

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Georgetown Loop Railroad.

Georgetown, Colorado

Georgetown Loop Railroad

An 1859 silver strike during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush led to the founding of Georgetown. Mining continued to drive the growth of the mountain town, and in 1878 the Colorado Central Railroad reached Georgetown. In 1884, the engineering marvel, the Georgetown Loop, was completed as part of the Georgetown, Breckinridge and Leadville Railroad. While the silver economy did not sustain the construction of the line but to a few miles past Silver Plume, the line was rebuilt and restored in the 1970s and 1980s, and the Georgetown Loop Railroad & Mining Park is the centerpiece attraction for a long weekend in the historic town.

When in Georgetown, Don’t Miss: The Ride and Mine Tour packages on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. More info @ GeorgetownLoopRR.com and Georgetown-Colorado.org

R&R: Rose Street Bed & BreakfastRoseStreetBNB.com, (303) 578-7844; The Happy Cooker, HappyCookerRestaurant.com

RV Parks: Denver West/Central City KOA, 605 Lake Gulch Rd, Co Rd 6, Central City
(303) 582-3043, KOA.com; Golden Gate Canyon State Park, 92 Crawford Gulch Rd, Golden, (303) 582-3707, ReserveAmerica.com

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Austin Steam Train.

Cedar Park, Texas

Austin Steam Train

A suburb of Austin, Cedar Park was originally Chisholm Trail cattle drivers’ George and Harriett Cluck’s ranch, which they founded in 1873. In 1882, the Austin and Northwestern Railroad crossed the Cluck Ranch en route to Burnet and Granite Mountain for access to the pink granite needed to construct the Texas State Capitol. The rail line eventually was expanded until its closure west of Llano in 1986. Today, the Austin Steam Train Association operates the Austin Steam Train on the Austin Western Railroad as a heritage passenger line.

When in Cedar Park, Don’t Miss: The Austin Steam Train’s family-friendly train trips: The Hill Country Flyer, Day Out with Thomas, Bertram Flyer and North Pole Flyer. More info @ AustinSteamTrain.org, CedarParkFun.com and AustinTexas.com

R&R: The Adams House Bed and Breakfast, AdamsHouse.com, (512) 453-7696; J&J BBQ, 300 W Whitestone Blvd, (512) 918-0314

RV Parks: Leander/Austin KOA, 2689 Hero Way, Leander, (512) 259-7200, KOA.com; Rio Bonito Cabin Resort & RV Park, 1095 Co Rd 256, Liberty Hill, (512) 922-1383, RBCabinResort.com

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Skunk Train.

Fort Bragg and Willits, California

Skunk Train

After its 1857 fort closed, Fort Bragg became a lumber town, and in 1885, the Fort Bragg Railroad Company opened the first rail line to haul redwood timber from the forests to the coast. The line was eventually bought out, expanded and renamed the California Western Railroad & Navigation Company to Willits. While it remains a popular passenger line today, the 40-mile track also provided successful freight service until 2001. Today, the Skunk Train offers two major passenger trains: the Pudding Creek Express from Fort Bragg and the Northspur Flyer from Willits. Each train runs  January 1 to November 30. 2018, and December 26 to January 1, 2019.

When in Fort Bragg and Willits, Don’t Miss: Paul Bunyan Days, Fort Bragg, August 31- September 3. More info@ SkunkTrain.com, FortBragg.com, Willits.com and VisitMendocino.com

R&R: Shoreline CottagesShoreline-Cottage.com, (707) 964-2977; Piaci Pub & Pizzeria, PiaciPubPizzeria.Four-Food.com

RV Parks: Pomo RV Park & Campground, 17999 Tregoning Ln, Fort Bragg, (707) 964-3373, PomoRV.com; Cleone Campground, 24400 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, (707) 964-4589, CleoneCampground.com

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Heber Valley Railroad.

Heber City, Utah

Heber Valley Railroad

The Rio Grande Western arrived in Heber City on September 21, 1899. The train was a major success for passengers and freight, livestock and crops for the region’s farmers and ranchers. When a paved highway reached Heber City in the 1930s, the end of the train was inevitable, but it held on until 1968. In 1970 a group of citizens, organizations and the state saved the line and it ran until 1990. In 1992, the Heber Valley Railroad was restored and operates as a historic passenger rail line. The train service runs from mid-January to early November. Check with the railroad for specific times, dates and specialty trains.

When in Heber City, Don’t Miss: Wasatch County Fair, July 30-August 4. More info @ HeberValleyRR.org, GoHeberValley.org and WasatchCountyFair.com

R&R: Swiss Alps Inn, SwissAlpsInn.com, (435) 654-0722; Snake Creek GrillSnakeCreekGrill.com

RV Parks: Mountain Valley RV Resort, 2120 Hwy 40, Heber City, (435) 657-6100, MountainValleyRV.com; Rivers Edge at Deer Park Resort and Campground, 7000 Old US-40 Heber City, (435) 654-4049, RiversEdgeAtDeerPark.com

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Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad.

Leadville, Colorado

Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad

The highest municipality in the country at 10,152 feet, Leadville also has the highest elevation railroad, the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. Originally the Denver, South Park & Pacific and Colorado & Southern, the railroad reached Leadville in 1880. Over the decades of railroad amalgamation, the Colorado & Southern continued to operate regularly to and from Leadville until 1981. Since 1988, the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad has been thrilling passengers on its two-and-a-half-hour journey through the San Isabel National Forest in sight of the state’s two highest peaks. In 2018, the train operates May 26 to October 7, including themed trips, such as the Wildflower Special and Fall Photo Weekends Special.

When in Leadville, Don’t Miss: Leadville Boom Days, August 3-5. More info @
Leadville-Train.com, Leadville.com and LeadvilleTwinLakes.com

R&R: The Governor’s MansionGovernorsMansion.net, (719) 486-1865; High Mountain Pies, HighMountainPies.com

RV Parks: Leadville RV Corral, 135 West 2nd St, Leadville, (719) 486-3111, MountainRVPark.com; White Star Campground, Leadville, (719) 486-0749, ReserveAmerica.com

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Virginia City Shortline Railroad.

Virginia City, Montana

Virginia City Shortline Railroad

Virginia City was founded in 1863 soon after gold was discovered in Alder Gulch and gold mining continued in earnest until the 1930s. Today, Virginia City Historic District is a National Historic Landmark. The Montana Heritage Commission manages the historic town, once the territorial capital, as a living history center from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In 1964, town benefactor Charlie Bovey built the Virginia City Shortline Railroad to the ghost town of Nevada City. The tourist train runs 20 minutes one-way, seven days a week during the summer season, depending on weather and safety conditions.

When in Virginia City, Don’t Miss: The nightly performances of the Brewery Follies and The Virginia City Opera and the 6th Annual Bozeman Trail Chuck Wagon   Cook Off, July 27-29. More info@ VirginiaCityMT.com and VisitMT.com

R&R: Fairweather InnVirginiaCity.com/FairWeather-Inn/, (855) 377-6823; Bale of Hay Saloon, BaleOfHaySaloon.com

RV Parks:  Ruby Valley Campground & RV Park, 2280 MT Highway 287, Alder, (406) 842-5677, RubyValleyCampground.com; Virginia City RV Park , 205 W Wallace, Virginia City,
(406) 843-5493, VirginiaCityRVPark.com

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Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada

Virginia & Truckee Railroad

Carson City was founded in 1858 and grew quickly after the Comstock Lode mineral strike in 1859. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad was completed between the state capital, Carson City, and Virginia City in 1870, and by 1872 it was connected to the transcontinental Central Pacific in Reno. The short-line connected the capital and the rich mining districts to the world and the towns boomed. With the mines mostly closed by the 1930s, the railroad eventually closed in 1950. In 1975, entrepreneur Robert Gray reopened the V&T and operates it as a tourist train between Memorial Day and October.

When in Carson City and Virginia City, Don’t Miss: Carson City Fair, July 25-29 and Civil War Days and Battle Trains, Virginia City, August 30-September 3. More info@
VTRailway.com, VisitCarsonCity.com and VisitVirginiaCityNV.com

R&R: Deer Run Ranch, NevadaBANDB.com, (800) 378-5440; Red’s Old 395 GrillReds395.com

RV Parks: Dayton RV Park, 75 Pike St, Dayton, (775) 246-9300, DaytonRVPark.com; Nevada Beach Campground, Elks Point Rd Zephyr Cove, (775) 588-5562, Recreation.gov

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Abilene & Smoky Hills Railroad.

Abilene, Kansas

Abilene & Smoky Hills Railroad

Joseph McCoy’s entrepreneurial vision of building stockyards and a drover’s cottage next to the end of the Kansas & Pacific tracks in Abilene, and advertising his services to Texas cattlemen in 1867,  created the legendary cattle drives era of 1867-1887 when cattle were moved from the Lone Star State to the wildly wicked Kansas rail heads. Abilene has maintained its connection to its Old West past through the Abilene & Smoky Hills Railroad, Old Abilene Town and the Dickinson County Heritage Center. The A&SHRR operates from May to October, with many exciting ride and tour opportunities for passengers, including steam-driven service on a limited basis, dinner trains and the Silver Flyer Railbus.

When in Abilene, Don’t Miss: Central Kansas Free Fair, August 1-6. More info@ ASVRR.org and AbileneCityHall.com

R&R: Engle House Bed and BreakfastEngleHouse.com, (785) 479-3749; Brookville Hotel Restaurant, BrookvilleHotel.com

RV Parks: Covered Wagon Camp Ground, 803 S Buckeye Ave, Abilene, (785) 263-2343, AbileneRVCampground.com; Chapman Creek RV Park, 2701 N Marshall St, Chapman,
(785) 922-2267, ChapmanCreekRVPark.com 

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1880 Train.

Hill City, South Dakota

1880 Train

Hill City was founded in 1876 during the Black Hills Gold Rush. Early on, the mine owners of the Black Hills knew the rugged mountain region would need a railroad to make the mining of the rich underground veins profitable. Nevertheless, it was not until the 1890s that regular rail service reached Hill City. Over time, diesel locomotives replaced all the steam engines driving trains in the Black Hills. Since 1957, steam train entrepreneurs William B. Heckman and Robert Freer’s dream of the Black Hills Central Railroad’s 1880 Train has been thrilling passengers every summer.

When in Hill City, Don’t Miss: Days of 76, Deadwood, July 24-29 and Open House, Crazy Horse Memorial, September 1-3. More info @ 1880Train.com, VisitHillCitySD.com and BlackHillsBadlands.com

R&R: Alpine Inn, AlpineInnHillCity.com, (605) 574-2749; Desperados Cowboy Restaurant, 301 Main St, Hill City, (605) 574-2959

RV Parks: Horse Thief Campground & RV Resort, 24391 SD 87, Hill City, (605) 574-2668, HorseThief.com; Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground, 12325 Rafter J Bar Rd, Hill City,
(605) 574-2527, RafterJ.com

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Arkansas & Missouri Railroad.

Springdale and Van Buren, Arkansas

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Platted after the Civil War, the northwest Arkansas community of Springdale was incorporated in 1872. The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad line originated with the construction of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway in the 1880s. The modern A&MRR was started in 1986, primarily for freight service, but it also has a popular passenger tourist line that keeps a regular, but limited, schedule from January to November. The A&M has two round-trip passenger train options: Springdale to Van Buren, and Van Buren to Winslow, both of which take tourists through the beautiful Boston Range of the Ozarks.

When in Springdale, Don’t Miss: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Pea Ridge National Military Park and Fall Carnival, October 3-7. More info@ AMRailroad.com and ExploreSpringdale.com

R&R: Inn at the Mill, InnAtTheMill.com, (479) 443-1800; Susan’s Restaurant, 1440
WW Sunset Ave, (479) 751-1445

RV Parks: Pilgrim’s Rest RV Park, 21225 Hickory Flat Rd, Springdale, (479) 789-7152, PilgrimsRestRVPark.com; The Creeks Golf & RV Resort, 1499 South Main St, Cave Springs, (479) 248-1000, NWARVResort.com

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Grand Canyon Railway entertains passengers all year on its round-trip excursions from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park, including Steam Saturdays, the first Saturday between May and October.
— Courtesy Grand Canyon Railway —

All Aboard a Historic Train!

Midwest & South

Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
Antonito, CO and Chama, NM  CumbresToltec.com

Durango and Silverton
Durango, CO • DurangoTrain.com

Georgetown Loop Railroad
Georgetown, COGeorgetownLoopRR.com 

Leadville Colorado & Southern
Leadville, CO • Leadville-Train.com 

Virginia City Shortline Railroad
Virginia City, MT • VirginiaCityMT.com

Charlie Russell Chew Choo
Lewistown, MT MontanaDinnerTrain.com

Austin Steam Train Cedar
Park, TX • AustinSteamTrain.org

Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Grapevine, TX GrapevineTexasUSA.com

Texas State Railroad
Rusk, TX TexasStateRR.com 

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad
Springdale, AR • AMRailroad.com 

Whitewater Valley Railroad
Connersville, IN WhiteWaterValleyRR.org  

Cuyahoga Valley Railroad
Peninsula, OH • CSVR.com 

Lumber Jack Steam Train
Laona, WI • Camp5Museum.org

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad
Abilene, KS • ASVRR.org

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Bryson City, NC • GSMR.com 

Tennessee Valley Railroad
Chattanooga, TN ChattanoogaFun.com

Southwest & Pacific Coast

Grand Canyon Railway
Williams, AZ • TheTrain.com 

Verde Canyon Railroad
Clarkdale, AZ • VerdeCanyonRR.com

White Pass & Yukon Route
Skagway, AKWPRY.com

Skunk Train
Fort Bragg, CA • SkunkTrain.org

Trains & Travel International
Portola, CA • TrainTrips.biz

Eagle Cap Excursion Train
Wallowa, OR • EagleCaptainRides.com

Mt. Hood Railroad
Hood River, OR • MtHoodRR.com

Sumpter Valley Railroad
Baker City, OR • SumpterValleyRailroad.org

Lake Whatcom Railway
Wickhersham, WA • LakeWhatcomRailway.com

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
& Museum
Elbe, WA • MRSR.com 

Thunder Mountain Line, Horseshoe
Bend, ID ThunderMountainLine.com

Nevada Northern Railway
Ely, NV • NNRY.com 

Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Virginia City, NVVirginiaTruckee.com

Kettle Valley Steam Railway
Summerland, B.C., Canada • KettleValleyRail.org

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Cheyenne Depot Museum Cheyenne, WY.
— Courtesy WY Tourism —

Railroad Museums

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum Tucson, AZTucsonHistoricDepot.com

California State Railroad Museum Sacramento, CACSRMF.org

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Jamestown, CA Railtown1897.org

Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum Tehachapi, CA TehachapiDepot.org

Western American Railroad Museum Barstow, CABarstowRailMuseum.org

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation Portland, OR ORHS.org

Dayton Historic Depot Dayton, WA DaytonHistoricDepot.org

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum Elbe, WA MRSR.com

East Ely Railroad Depot Museum Ely, NV GreatBasinHeritage.org

Nevada State Railroad Museum Carson City, NV NSRM-Friends.org

Golden Spike NHS Brigham City, UT NPS.gov

Northern Pacific Railway Museum Toppenish, WA NPRYMuseum.org

Colorado Railroad Museum Golden, CO ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org 

Pueblo Railway Museum Pueblo, COPuebloRailway.org

Livingston Depot Center Livingston, MT LivingstonDepot.org

North Dakota State Railroad Museum Mandan, ND NDSRM.org

South Dakota State Railroad Museum Hill City, SD SRSRM.org

Railroad Museum Douglas, WYConverseCountyTourism.com 

Amarillo Railroad Museum Amarillo, TX AmarilloRailMuseum.com 

Austin Steam Train Association Cedar Park, TXAustinSteamTrain.org

Galveston Railroad Museum Galveston, TXGalvestonMuseum.com

Museum of the American Railroad Frisco, TX MuseumoftheAmericanRailroad.org

Cheyenne Depot Museum Cheyenne, WY CheyenneDepotMuseum.org

Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center Douglas, WY ConverseCountyTourism.com

Laramie Historic Railroad Depot Laramie, WY  LaramieDepot.org

James H. Andrew Railroad Museum & History Center Boone, IA Scenic-ValleyRR.com

Union Pacific Railroad Museum Council Bluffs, IA UPRRMuseum.org 

Great Overland Station Topeka, KS GreatOverlandStation.org

Lake Superior Railroad Museum Duluth, MN SRM.org

The Durham Museum Omaha, NE DurhamMuseum.org

Golden Spike Tower & Visitors Center North Platte, NE GoldenSpikeTower.com 

Tennessee Valley Railroad Chattanooga, TNTVRail.com

Lumber Jack Steam Train Laona, WI Camp5Museum.org 

Mid-Continent Railway Museum North Freedom, WI MidContinent.org

Stuart Rosebrook, who first went on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in 1976, shared his love of the historic rail line with his family last summer.     

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Stuart Rosebrook

As senior editor of True West Magazine, Stuart Rosebrook oversees all editorial covering Old West travel, firearms and books. He has a Ph.D in U.S. History from Arizona State University, and he owns a multimedia communications business, Quo Vadis Communications, based in Iowa City, Iowa.