Colorado Railroad Museum

Experience the museum in a new way with photo opportunities featuring RGS 20 and Rio Grande 491 plus a night photo session.

This May, gain unique access to the Colorado Railroad Museum and two Rio Grande steam engines during a photo charter hosted by Dak Dillon Photography.

Freight trains, passenger trains, roundhouse action… this event will feature a unique mix of runbys, scenes and portraits at the Museum’s Golden, Colorado campus with RGS 20 and Rio Grande 491.

For the first time at the Museum, we plan to operate trains in multiple directions simultaneously, allowing for various interesting angles that take advantage of both steam engines. We also plan to take advantage of the unique roundhouse and turntable for posed photos along with our various runby scenes. 

Our charter will begin shortly after sunrise and will feature a morning session, afternoon session and night photo session, wrapping up around 10 pm.

The photo charter follows the Colorado Crossing public event at the Colorado Railroad Museum, the annual steam kickoff weekend in May.

You can see an extra day of steam by visiting the museum on Sunday (separate admission required). For our photography event, you will have extra access and opportunities on Monday including access to locations usually off limits to the public. 

All details are tentative and subject to change due to operating conditions at the museum.

Sample photos courtesy of Bryan Burton Photography.

Event Details

Further details will be provided after registration.

Questions in the meantime? Please email Dak at:

If you prefer to pay via check, please mail a bank check or money order made payable to Dakota Group LLC to:

Dakota Group LLC
PO Box 35
Wildwood, Missouri 63040

Checks are not subject to the credit card processing fee.

Please include your name, email and phone number with your check and we will email confirmation upon receipt.

The charter will take place on the grounds of the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado. 

Golden is a western suburb of Denver with a variety of boutique and chain hotel options.

The museum is not generally open to the public on Mondays. Access to the museum grounds (including outdoor collection and buildings) will only be available via this event on Monday, May 20.

You must pre-purchase a ticket via this website to attend the photo charter. No walkup tickets will be available through the museum ticket office. 

  • This charter has a go/no go date of May 1, 2024.

  • In the event the charter is canceled, a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees) will be refunded within 30 days of cancelation.

  • All reservations are non-refundable after the go/no go date for the charter.
  • If an engine is not operational for the event date, the event may continue with different motive power at the discretion of Dakota Group and the host railroad.
  • We reserve the right to modify the event schedule, event dates or event offering at any time.

  • Riders may be required by the host railroad and/or Dakota Group LLC to sign a liability waiver to participate in the event.

  • We are not responsible for bad weather, delays or cancelations. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items, injuries, sickness or damages to personal equipment and loss of personal travel expenses.

  • Due to the duration of this event and lack of frequent restroom availability, we do not recommend this experience for young children.

  • Participants must be prepared to disembark and reboard train multiple times throughout the day. Participants should be prepared for rough terrain or uneven footing. Please wear sturdy shoes; hiking boots are recommended.

Photos shown above represent the railroad and motive power and may not be the exact location or stops included in the charter. 

Railroad photo charters allow unique access and photographic opportunities that recreate a bygone era on railroads across the country.

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