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Steampunk pop culture event takes place at Colorado Railroad Musuem

Posted 6/13/16

When I was a little kid growing up in Golden, back in the dark ages before Highway 58 was built, we used to have to drive up 44th Avenue to get to Wheat Ridge. You’d pass Coors and off to the side of the road was this collection of old trains that …

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Steampunk pop culture event takes place at Colorado Railroad Musuem

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When I was a little kid growing up in Golden, back in the dark ages before Highway 58 was built, we used to have to drive up 44th Avenue to get to Wheat Ridge. You’d pass Coors and off to the side of the road was this collection of old trains that just kind of sat there.

Truthfully, to a kid, they were kind of ominous-looking. They were part of a little museum and you probably got to go there once or twice with your family. But you could see most of what was there by just driving past it in your car, so it wasn’t much more interesting to wander around the place.

That was the beginning of the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Flash forward 50 years, and today you can see how one man’s dream has developed and expanded into one of the finest railroad museums in the world. It boasts plenty of interactive exhibits, real running trains, a full roundhouse shop restoring them and lots of events to highlight and celebrate our rich Colorado history with trains.

When you’re 5 years old, you don’t quite understand that it takes time and money to put together something like that, plus serious dedication and the help of a lot of people. When you look at it now, you can really appreciate the effort and see how much has gone into it over the years.

This summer there are some really cool, imaginative and fun things lined up, so let’s check one of them out.

The first is happening this Saturday, June 18. It’s called Steampunk at the Station. If you don’t know what Steampunk means, it’s a trend in popular culture where science fiction meets the 19th century industrial age. One of its main components is steam power. It’s kind of a fantasy thing where you see a crazy combination of Victorian dress with combat boots, green and purple hair, welder’s goggles and fantastic machines built like wild imaginings from over 100 years ago. Think Jules Verne meets Lady Gaga.

It’s a two-part event.

For the daytime portion, which runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., you are invited to come dressed in your favorite Steampunk costume and bring along any cool gadgets you may have created. There will be running steam locomotives, and plenty of fun things that will make for excellent photo opportunities. There will also be Steampunk vendors and performances by various buskers. It's also Ride the Rails day, so you can take a ride behind one of those awesome steam locomotives.

Regular museum admission fees apply, but you get a 50 percent discount if you come in costume or bring a Steampunk gadget. But make sure that whatever gadget you bring doesn’t resemble some kind of weapon, whether real or imagined, because those won’t be permitted.

Admission for the daytime event runs $15 for adults $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. You can always order tickets online, but to get the discount you will need to purchase yours at the gate. They can’t see your costume or gadget over the internet to give you the discount, can they?

In addition, there’s a new after-hours portion that runs from 5-9:30 p.m. and will feature a concert at the museum’s new pavilion with music by the band Hydrogen Skyline at 6:30 p.m. They are a great new band that has been named as one of the top 10 independent bands in the U.S.

There will also be local food trucks and you can visit the beer garden for a brew from some of Golden’s craft breweries.

Tickets for the after-hours concert run $20 and include general admission to the museum.

The Colorado Railroad Museum is located at 17155 W. 44th Ave. in Golden. For more information and to see other upcoming events, go to www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org or call 303-279-4591.

This should be a lot of fun and something fresh and different. Yes, that little museum has come a long way over the past 50 years!

Colorado Railroad Museum, Steampunk at the Station, John Akal, Golden, Avenue Flashes

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