Wyoming December 03, 2017
This Dreamy Train-Themed Trip Through Wyoming Will Take You On The Journey Of A Lifetime
Trains inspire childlike wonder and awe. As an integral part of Wyoming history, part of the fascination can be attributed to the nostalgia they generate. You can find historic evidence of the railroad pretty much anywhere in the Cowboy State, but for the experience of a lifetime, you’ll want to embark on this dreamy train-themed trip across the southern part of Wyoming. Filled with train rides, railroad museums, and train-themed eateries, it’s a journey you’ll never forget.
With almost 500 miles to cover on this dreamy train-themed trip, plan on spending a few days to complete it.
You'll need more than one day for the Cheyenne stop alone because of all the entrancing railroad sights to see there.
Start out at the ghost town of Piedmont. It's a state historic site that was once a thriving railroad city. Three sandstone kilns are mostly what remains to mark the site.
In case you missed it, you can read more about the Piedmont Kilns in our full article
Next, head east to Rock Springs. There you can fuel up for the journey at the Coal Trail Coffee Depot. Housed in a historic train depot downtown, it's the ideal place to set your mind on all things railroad-related.
As a major supplier of coal back in the day, Rock Springs played a big part in Wyoming's railroad history.
Then it's on to Douglas where you can spend hours at the Douglas Railroad Interpretive Museum.
Located in the historic FE & MV Railroad Passenger Depot at Locomotive Park, this stop features antique railcars and a model train on display.
You'll veer south to Laramie for the next leg of the journey. That's where you'll find the Laramie Historic Railroad Depot.
The renovated depot houses loads of riveting city and railroad history dating back to the mid-1800s, when the first train arrived in Laramie.
No train-themed trip would be complete without a stop at the Ames Brothers Monument, less than 20 miles down the road from Laramie.
This Wyoming oddity was built as a monument to two brothers who were central to railroad history, though they were questionable characters. You can read more about the Ames brothers and the monument in our full article
It's only fitting that the last stop on this train-lovers road trip be in Cheyenne, the railroad capital of America. You'll probably need more than one day here, where you can spend time taking in the exhibits and interactive displays at the Depot Plaza...
...view historic Engine 1242 at the Botanic Gardens...
...take a gander at retired Big Boy steam engine 4004 in Holliday Park...
...and see the Merci Train, a gift from France after World War II. And that's not all!
A tour of the Union Pacific Roundhouse...
...and historic steam shop in Cheyenne are must-see stops on any train-themed trip.
While in Cheyenne, you can also take an enchanting ride on a delightful mini train...
The Cheyenne Steamers miniature train mostly runs during summer and fall, but train-lovers can see the engines on display at various places around the city during the winter. If you missed our full article, you can read more about it
...and view even tinier trains at the Sherman Hill Model Railroad Club's permanent displays at the Frontier Mall.
Sometime during the day, you'll want to take time out for refreshment, and the perfect place to do that is the Luxury Diner.
Located at 1401 West Lincoln Way in Cheyenne, this quaint little diner used to be a caboose on an actual train that ran the rails in Wyoming between 1869 and 1912. You can get more information on this restaurant-aboard-a-train in our full article
final stop on this dreamy train-centered trip is just outside of Cheyenne, almost to the Wyoming/Colorado border. At the Terry Bison Ranch, you can get a close-up view of the Thiel family's herd of bison from one of the many trains that tour the ranch year round.
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What other stops would you add to this railroad tour of Wyoming?