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Motor 1 on the Durango and Silverton

We have just added pdf spreadsheets to our <Archival Material> page with information on documents relating to all of the RGS motors as well as documents involving W. D. Lee and V. A. Miller.

RGS Steam Returns to Ridgway

Silverton Railroad Guston Depot Rebuilt

The Ridgway Railroad Museum is a non-profit 501(C)3 corporation. Donations to the mueum are tax deductable.

If you are interested in participating in any of our projects in any way, please click here.

Ridgway, Colorado, long known as the birthplace of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, is the home of a museum dedicated to the preservation of the history of railroading in Ouray County and surrounding areas.

The Ridgway Railroad Museum, located at the junction of U.S. Highway 550 and Colorado State Highway 62 in Ridgway, Colorado, is open every day during the summer months (June 1 through September 30th) from 9 am to 5 pm. During May and October the Museum is open every day from 10 am to 3 pm. We are closed during the winter months. There is no charge to visit the museum but we do accept donations.

The Ridgway Railroad Museum is a non-profit, member supported organization whose mission is to explain and interpret the role and significance of railroads in the history of this region by use of exhibits, a reference library, educational programs, publications and sharing information with historical and modeling groups.

The Museum will preserve railroad equipment, artifacts, historical data, books and photographs of Ouray County and the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. For a brief history of the museum click here.

The Museum plans a full schedule of events for each year We post the schedule as it develops. For further information, click on the Event Calendar button to the left. For a membership application, or information on other topics, click on the appropriate button to the left.

In addition, the summer months find Museum members working outside on restoration projects on our collection of rolling stock. Workdays occur on both weekdays and weekends. Do carpentry and painting while working on your tan. If you would like to participate in one of our summer workdays please contact us.

If you are planning on visiting the museum and need lodging and restaurant information please visit our lodging page.

The Keith Koch Memorial Restoration Fund

Photos and Details from 2014 Restoration Week

Photos and Details from 2013 Restoration Week

Photos and Details from 2012 Restoration Week

Photos and details from 2011 Restoration Week

Photos and details from the 2010 Restoration Week.

The Museum has published two books.  The first book is entitled Narrow Gauge Railroading in the San Juan Triangle. See details. The second book is entitled The History and Restoration of Galloping Goose No. 4. See details

Front Cover Triangle  Front Goose cover  


We have begun to list all of our archival material on the Archival Material Page. These include pdf files of RGS Employee Timetables and Annual Reports, RGS Time Sheets, a list of Maps and Drawings, etc.

You can now pay your membership dues or make a donation using PayPal. See Membership page for details.

Ridgway Railroad Museum display track

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