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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  • Had a great visit to the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley today. This place is a literal smorgasbord of real life railroad memorabilia & model trains running on a multi-level, highly... 
    Had a great visit to the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley today. This place is a literal smorgasbord of real life railroad memorabilia & model trains running on a multi-level, highly...  more »
  • Rude workers. Absolutely rude. One tried to have a staring contest with me. A rude one with dirty looks. Absolutely rude 
    Rude workers. Absolutely rude. One tried to have a staring contest with me. A rude one with dirty looks. Absolutely rude  more »
  • Ths was one of the largest model train exhibits I personally have seen. Several very long trains running with exhibit buildings, mountains, tunnels, figures, and other items enhancing the train... 
    Ths was one of the largest model train exhibits I personally have seen. Several very long trains running with exhibit buildings, mountains, tunnels, figures, and other items enhancing the train...  more »
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  • Breathtaking details and fun little hidden gems are sure to be found at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum. (One of my favorites are the tiny little chickens that move. Reminded me of the chickens I had when I was little!) We spent about 2.5 hours here looking at everything and I know that there are tons of details that we probably missed! Just a great appreciation for the time, effort, and ingenuity it takes to design and build a grand scale model railroad system. Each section blends well with the one next to it and I found myself following the train and trying to imagine what it might be like if I were a passenger on the train. My imagination was soaring! We look forward to our next visit!
  • I was in awe when I walked through the door. I did watch a few YouTube videos of the place before visiting and I must say the videos doesn’t do it justice. You have to experience it in person to appreciate the quality and effects put into this place. This is a must visit if you are visiting the Denver area. It’s only a 59 minute scenic drive.
  • Loved this gem! Plenty of helpers to ask your questions. Wonderful replicas of life along the rail. Enjoyed the I spy game plus the Christmas village display. Kids will love it too!
  • This museum was so much fun!! They've done an excellent job with their train layouts and they have created a really fun hidden items search that's great for the whole family. We ran all over for an hour trying you find all the items on the list. Don't miss this museum. It really was excellent!
  • It's truly a wonderful museum. Greeley has a little gem tucked in downtown. I take out-of-town visitors every chance I get and see a new little detail I missed on previous visits. I am already looking forward to next time!

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