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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  • This was certainly the most impressive model train layout and scenery I've ever seen. Very cool stuff. Took about 90min to walk through while reading most every plaque in the place. I love this kind o...  more »
  • Numerous trains running through almost ever imaginable setting of mountains, rivers, towns, mining, industry and many other places. One can spend hours enjoying the settings based on real places in th...  more »
  • We have visited this museum several times since moving to Greeley. The folks who maintain and add to the railroad exhibit do a great job. This place is good for a 2 year old to any age. Take your time...  more »
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  • Just visited the CMRM with my family and two young kiddos. Everyone had a great time! From the beautiful models to the "I Spy" game and the full scale working train signals, train Bell and whistle, there is something to make everyone feel like a kid again. A Lego table and train table kept the little ones interested beyond even the models themselves! A must visit in Greeley/Colorado!
  • What a fun place to go!! Very detailed work on the museum and real train lights and sounds! The gift shop has so many interesting books and cards and gifts. Loved it! I recommend it to everyone regardless of their age!
  • Great experience! The detail of the models and environment is spectacular. The guys running the trains are super kind and if you ask about what their assignments are, usually they are happy to tell you all about the process!
  • Fantastic place to visit! We spent a couple of hours, marveling at the detail, and left thinking we still didn't see everything. Will definitely return soon. The engineers were friendly and informative, the railway was amazing, and the actual vintage rail artifacts were interesting.
  • This place was so much fun. My kids thoroughly enjoyed it. Something for all ages. And the setups are just jaw dropping. All of the employees are knowledgeable on it all and it was such a great experience.
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