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 GFSM.

All proceeds from admissions fees are donated to downtown Greeley charities such as the Women's Ministry Center, the Hispanic Relief Fund, and the Weld County Food Bank. Representatives from each charity will take turns collecting the admissions during days the museum is open, and any fees they collect will be retained by them to use for their charity. All admission fees, no matter who they are collected and retained by, are reported to the museum manager so a log can be kept of yearly monies raised for the charities.
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  • This was our favorite place we visited over winter break! The staff were friendly, the train layout was amazing, and we loved the scavenger hunt! They have dinosaurs hidden among the layout and if you...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit. In downtown Greeley. Lots of model trains on the tracks. They were filming the day we went. Great place to take your out of town guests. There were some school kids vis...  more »
  • This place blew me away the first time I went in the door. I wan’t expecting what I found indoors. The HO train layout is gigantic, spectacular, and very elaborate. They usually have more than six tra...  more »
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  • An awesome and highly detailed model railway. The size alone is impressive, but the level of detail found across the entire layout is incredible. There are also interactive scenes, great for kids and also fun for adults. The volunteers were also informative and personable. Great place to pass an afternoon in Greeley.
  • Good place. My 6 & 3 year olds liked it, especially the hunt for different things. Impressive model and memorabilia collection.
  • We always have a fun time, especially on the theme days. But it's too expensive for what it offers. I understand that the money goes for more than just the model railroad itself. The events are fun but seem like they lack the coordination that is provided by an event coordinator - kind of cobbled together at the last minute or repeats from previous years. I appreciate the venue and what it offers, i just won't go as often as i like because of the cost/benefit ratio is too high/low.
  • A must stop with kids or adults on your next trip to Colorado. Well worth driving out of your way to visit. Just check the hours of operation as they are seasonal.
  • This place is great! We have been here many times bringing the kids and even the grandkids and it's always a great time. Parking could be a little bit better but admision is very inexpensive for what you get great place to bring the kids and the entire family.

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