Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Greeley

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Colorado Model Railroad Museum, formerly known as Greeley Freight Station Museum, houses America's largest HO Scale prototypical model train layout.

The building has 9,500 square feet on the main floor and another 2,000 feet in mezzanine, storage and break room space. The featured element, a 5,500 sq. foot HO gauge model railroad layout, has ten separate wiring systems, 20+ scale miles of mainline track, hundreds of buildings (many of which have been scratch built), thousands of hand made trees and scenery never before attempted on a model railroad. The layout is configured so that it might operate automatically in a “show” mode (called docent mode), and in manual “operational” mode for train running sessions. The wharf areas feature ships that are fully operational “in the field”, along with a full-scale model of the 729 foot ore carrier, Edmund Fitzgerald.

The museum displays over 1,100 railroad artifacts from across the United States. Signals, signs, keys, locks, photos, tools, towels, passes, timetables, lanterns, etc. The largest “artifact” is the last wooden caboose from the Colorado and Southern railroad to be operated on that railroad's system: C&S caboose 10583, which was retired in 1974. The caboose is fully furnished inside and out and is open for public inspection when the museum is open.

The museum is located between two actual railroad properties: the Union Pacific on the east and the Great Western on the west, so visitors can also “train watch” during their visit to the museum.
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  • The depot where this model railroad is housed is where my Grand father took my cousins and me to watch the big steam engines come to town. What a thrill that was to a 5-6-7 year old! The history that ...  more »
  • Great place to visit! Fun for the whole family! The scavenger hunt is fun to do with the kids, and the staff is awesome!  more »
  • My wife and I visited the Colorado Model Railroad Museum on our Colorado vacation. Admittedly, I’m the rail fan between the two of us, but we both found the railroad fascinating and incredibly detaile...  more »
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  • Wow, what an amazing place we have right in our backdoor! The displays were so amazing and look as though they are just taken out of a memory from times since past. We got a year membership for only $40.00 and what a steal of a deal. This is a place for anyone that loves trains, and heck even if you don't you will be fascinated!! I highly recommend it!!
  • Such an amazing display. Lots of love went into this and everyone that worked there took extra special care of my 6 year old twins. The adults in our party loved it all just as much as my boys did. So glad we made the drive and checked it out.
  • We visit almost every year over Christmas break. The kids love the scavenger hunts and looking for dinosaurs in the layout. Tons of unique scenes and interesting things to find. There are stools and risers for shorter kids, but toddlers mostly need to be carried in order to see much.
  • Love the setup. Lots of history items and other train stuff to look at other than the model trains. Most of the layout was HO. But they also had other Gage
  • So much fun getting to see all the sights. I was completely amazed by the quality and craftsmanship on display. Beautiful work.
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