Colorado Railroad Museum to reopen Tuesday

News Wire Digest third section for June 1: Museums in Tennessee, Florida also reopen this week
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The Colorado Railroad Museum is set to reopen on Tuesday, with several new rules and policies.
TRAINS: David Lassen

Monday rail museum news:

Colorado Railroad Museum to reopen on Tuesday
The Colorado Railroad Museum will reopen Tuesday, and will offer train rides on Thursdays through Sundays through August. In a press release, the Golden, Colo., museum says masks will be required for staff and visitors, with a limited number of masks on sale for those who do not have one. The mask requirement, for ages 2 and older, is in place because “adequate social distancing may not be possible within certain museum facilities and programs.” The museum will now be closed on Mondays to allow for additional cleaning and to help with adequate staffing. Also, on days when train rides are offered, timed tickets will be sold to avoid crowds, and pre-purchase of ride tickets on line is strongly recommended. Online ticketing is expected to be available no later than Tuesday. See the museum website for additional information.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum reopens June 5
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, closed since March 14, will begin a phased reopening on June 5, operating its 55-minute Missionary Ridge Local trips on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The museum’s outdoor exhibits, gift shop, and Depot Deli will also reopen, the Chattanoogan reports. The Museum’s dinner train and other, longer excursions will resume at a later date. For more information, visit the museum website.

Florida Railroad Museum reopens June 6
The Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Fla., will reopen Saturday, June 6, and resume offering its weekend rides with a diesel-powered consist including open-window coaches, a covered gondola, and an air-conditioned coach. Trains operate on Saturday and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; the 13-mile round trip takes approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes. Visit the museum website for more information. Parrish is about 40 miles by car from downtown Tampa.


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