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A famous encounter, plus champagne and speeches

You know those pictures you see, of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, where they drove a golden spike to join the track from the east to the track from the west?

The Railroad Museum plans to recreate the event today, with their Denver & Rio Grande locomotive No. 346, the oldest operating steam locomotive in Colorado, and Denver & Rio Grande locomotive No. 491, the largest operating narrow gauge locomotive in the Western Hemisphere.  The two engines will meet face to face in front of the roundhouse.  No golden spike today, but the museum will be serving cake and champagne!  Number 346 will be steamed up today, giving rides around the museum campus.

The museum will also have three of our most famous presidents, recreating famous whistlestop speeches at 11, 12, and 1, along with an excellent guitarist playing patriotic music.

The museum is open from 9-5 today, and train rides will be available from 10-4.