Colorado Model Railroad Museum

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Colorado Model Railroad Museum

Colorado Model Railroad Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Galloway, OH76 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
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 routes.

Throughout the exhibit there were various hidden "fun" items to find. Also, it is one of those places where you MUST hit the Red button (and be entertained by what happens).

A well thought out exhibit that allows kids and adults the ability to view numerous layouts - most all integrated together.

Volunteers come from multiple states to participate in the construction, maintaining, and running of the trains.

An amazing model train exhibit - definitely worth the visit. We plan to return and take some others with us.
Written July 21, 2021
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Doug P
2 contributions
May 2021
Awesome layout and friendly volunteers! This is one marvelous model railroad layout, based on the Oregon, California and Eastern Railway that actually existed in Oregon. I was told the man who initially started and built the layout wanted a logging railroad. This is certainly one GREAT logging railroad, way beyond what one usually sees in a modelled logging railroad, or ANY other model railroad for that matter. Highly detailed and run live by a train dispatcher and a number of "engineers" running trains. The real OC&E Ry was owned jointly by the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Great Northern Railway from 1928 to 1970, then by the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Railroad (successor to the GN Ry) from 1970 to 1975, and finally was sold to Weyerhaeuser who operated it from 1975 to 1990 at which time it was closed down due to lack of trees for the logging industry. The museum owns a number of long trains, each with multiple locomotives hauling dozens of cars. Member operators may choose their train and run it according to railroading rules and dispatcher orders. All the volunteers and operators were very friendly and are great to talk with. The layout itself is very accessible and you can walk through it alongside the operators who are running their trains. There is also a balcony from which to look down at the layout from above. Very impressive and inspirational to any model railroader.
Written May 10, 2021
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Golden, CO27 contributions
Jan 2020
The Model Railroad Museum in Greeley is a wonderful place for visitors of all ages with an interest in trains or model railroading. Plenty of volunteers to answer questions, nice sturdy wooden stools for smaller visitors to stand on to see better. Displays of real railroad items like the special dishes, towels, lanterns, a full size crossing light set. Framed items and explanations of real railroad events. Yards and yards of model train set ups complete with water features, landscaping, (including a display of how they are built), cars, trucks, & buildings making up towns and villages.There's a balcony area with more displays and an excellent view of the extensive model set up. There's a real full size red caboose furnished with everything the trainmen would have needed when they lived aboard. Two tables of wooden train set ups for little ones are lots of fun for them. An hour to 1.5 hours is sufficient for a complete visit. We walked a couple blocks to The Mad Cow Saloon for a wonderful lunch (see separate review) and thoroughly enjoyed our day.
Wheelchair access isn't too bad except to get up to the balcony. The entry is level and most of the floor is level with some short pile carpeting (like indoor/outdoor type). People sitting at wheelchair level may not be able to see all the displays.
Written January 5, 2020
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Visitor from MI
1 contribution
Sep 2020
Marvelous displays, quantity of trains and memorabilia. Miniature towns, cars and trucks provide accurate period and scenic backdrop for various trains. Interactive buttons to push. Husband was able to speak with a volunteer and see behind the scenes electrical layout and computerized system for the various trains running on different tracks. Saw families enjoying the scavenger hunt for children. Very enjoyable!
Written September 6, 2020
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Jeff S
Fair Oaks Ranch, TX4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
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 traverses the entire map and is equivalent to over 20 miles scale distance. The ancillary displays and memorabilia augment the effect.

If you have any family members remotely interested in this hobby this is a bucket list destination.
Written July 15, 2021
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Las Vegas, NV267 contributions
I am amazed to find something of this caliber in Greeley. This has to be one of the largest miniature train sets ever. In fact one of the staff members said the only other thing like it is in Europe. In a building the size of an airplane hanger there are trains, tracks, mountains, rivers everywhere even with a second story. I am no train expert or even a “toy train” fan but I really enjoyed this place. The detail, skill, and technology that went in to this place is remarkable. It took something like 5 years to build it and they’re still adding and changing things.

There are many different trains running at the same time and can go anywhere in any direction in the whole building. The scenery is unbelievable! There’s something like 25,000 hand crafted trees, small towns with working stop lights and moving cars, little people and it’s all based on actual towns and railroads in 1970’s Oregon.

There are a number of interactive features like an area that looks like a forest fire with blackened trees and when you push a button it flickers with lights and smoke starts to come up. One thing that stood out to me was a scene with some homeless men standing around a trash can that was flickering like there was a fire in it. It’s so small and one could easily miss it but it show’s the complexity of how much wiring, technology, and attention to details that went into it.

Other stuff includes a real Red Caboose that you can walk through; tons of old railroad broachers, lanterns, signs, lights, etc.; train seats you can sit in; train horns you can blow; and many other cool train memorabilia. The museum is also located next to active railroad tracks and about a block away from the old historical Greeley Train Station.
Written March 8, 2010
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Greeley, CO4 contributions
I am not an avid train enthusiast like some people but I have been to the Greeley Freight Station Museum three times in the last five months. It is a unique museum not like any other. There are five miniature trains running at all times, some up to 80 cars long. Each train is run by an engineer who is dispatched out of an actual dispatch center at the museum. What makes this museum unique is the scenery, towns, lumber industries depicted, all to scale. Also included are RR memorabilia, an actual caboose, handmade ships to scale, a children's area, and volunteer experts to answer your every question, all for six bucks! I take all my out of town guests there.
Written March 4, 2010
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1221 Ninth Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 8063122 contributions
Dec 2010
I confess that I have no real interest in trains. I knew the mueseum as right downtown AND it WAS on my list of things to do.... at some point. I confess that it was not top of my list....but we had a business meeting scheduled there so off I went. WOW.....
I was blown away..... this is the most amazing place....I have sent many guests to visit ...and they all came back with rave reviews but nothing prepared me for how fabulous it is.

You just HAVE to visit!

Stephanie, Greeley.
Written February 15, 2011
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Idaho Falls, ID227 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Fun to watch trains, very realistic, Train enthusiasts will love this place, kids will love the penny smasher
Written October 10, 2019
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Melissa D
Greeley, CO13 contributions
Jul 2019
The model train setup is so realistic with so many things to see. The attention to detail is outstanding. I've taken adults and children to this museum and everyone loves it. There are a couple train tables for the little kids to get hands on with, and there is a caboose that they can explore and climb in. This is one of our favorite museums in Greeley!
Written August 12, 2019
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