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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  • 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 »
  • A dedicated building to house nothing but a miniature train? Makes for a multi-hour immersion into another world. The care and detail that went into this museum is unmatched. The mainline...  more »
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  • A favorite household location. They have excellent exhibits that change seasonally. All the volunteers are kind and helpful to small kids as they love to see the wonder in the eyes of children. The kids 'little conductors' club is a phenomenal STEM learning program during the summer. We have enjoyed every minute of that! Thank you!
  • This is the best place to take the grand kids! So affordable and fun! The staff were so friendly , helpful and so nice! This visit was our second with our granddaughters! They loved it! They loved the eye spy game you can play! They found all the dinosaurs and the mystery critter! We highly recommend going for a visit!

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