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Social Media/ Discussion Groups

RGM&HS Facebook group was started by the society and is open to anyone for all topics D&RGW, including current operations over former Rio Grande territory.  This Facebook group currently has over 1,600 members and is quite actively on a daily basis


The society also supports conversation on two groups on Groups.io (formerly hosted on Yahoo groups) The two groups of note around the Rio Grande to be aware of:

  • DRGW Group - This is the group (list) that has the [DRGW] as its prefix and was started by the society and is OPEN to anyone for all topics D&RGW, including current operations over former Rio Grande territory.  With over 1,400 subscribers this list is the "Unofficial Group" of the society jointly moderated by the RGMHS webmaster and two non-members of the society.
  • RGMHS Group - Is group (list) is used for Society announcements, questions, comments, etc.  As the Society's "Official Group" its intended for RGM&HS paid members only. As a current RGM&HS member will be invited to subscribe to the group. This is the group that has the [RGMHS] as its prefix.

Web Links

Denver & Rio Grande Western and Related Sites


Historical Societies

Colorado Historic Railroad Attraction

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad narrow-gauge heritage railroad that operates on 64 miles of track between Antonito, Colorado, and Chama, New Mexico. The railroad is named for two geographical features along the route: the 10,015-foot (3,053 m)-high Cumbres Pass and the Toltec Gorge. Originally part of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad's narrow-gauge network, the line has been jointly owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico since 1970.


Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad narrow-gauge heritage railroad that operates on 45.2 mi of track between Durango and Silverton, Colorado. The railway is a federally-designated National Historic Landmark and was also designated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1968. The route was originally opened in 1882 by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) to transport silver and gold ore mined from the San Juan Mountains.


 Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad is a 2 ft narrow-gauge heritage railroad that operates seasonal tourist trains between Cripple Creek and the city's outskirts to the south. The railroad uses a revitalized section of the original Midland Terminal Railway and the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad. The railroad's one station and around half of its route is located within the Cripple Creek Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.


Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway is a cog railway that climbs one of the most iconic mountains in the United States, Pikes Peak in Colorado. The base station is in Manitou Springs, near Colorado Springs.  Construction on the line was started in 1889 and the first train reached the summit on June 30, 1891. By the 2000s, the rail infrastructure was starting to show its age.  Operations were suspended on  2017 to conduct maintenance on the railway, but soon realized more serious repairs were needed and in March 2018 the railway would close indefinitely.  The full refurbishment of the line would cost $100 million. The major refurbishment project involve the near-complete replacement of the track infrastructure, the rebuild of facilities and older railcars and the purchase of three new trainsets.  Starting in March 2019, crews ripped up the old rails. Work started in 2020, crews began working down from the top, laying down metal ties, new rails custom ordered from Poland.  the city of Colorado Springs built a new visitor center at the summit.  in Manitou Springs, the depot received a second boarding track and platform.  The line reopened on May 20, 2021.


Platte Valley Trolley (Denver Tramway Heritage Society)

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad (The South Park)

Fort Collins Municipal Railway

Georgetown Loop Railroad Georgetown, Colorado

Other Sites of Interest

Prototype Railroad Sites

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