Museum Info

Rave reviews from all over the world are flooding in about the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, located by the mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad in Greeley, Colorado

This one-of-a-kind facility features over 600 railroad-related artifacts ranging from a Virginia and Truckee Railroad switch key to a full-sized Colorado and Southern wooden Caboose available for examining both inside and out.

Designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and nationalities, the CMRM has set record attendance marks in its first four years of operation and has become the leading year-round tourist attraction in Weld County, Colorado. The highlight of the museum is its huge, 5,500 sq. ft. operating model railroad dubbed "the finest model railroad I've ever seen", by the 30-year senior editor of Model Railroader magazine, Jim Hediger, Milwaukee, WI.

Visitors may actually stroll through this three dimensional creation while the railroad is in operation. They are surrounded by rugged mountains with handmade features including 16,000 fir, 8,000 deciduous and 4,000 aspen trees. Rivers abound. Scenery becomes three dimensional art. The use of cameras is encouraged and guides are available to answer railroad-related questions and to point out unique aspects of this one-of-a-kind modeling wonder. Take a visual tour through this amazing railroad in miniature via the CMRM website, then plan of visiting the museum in person the next time you visit Colorado.

All aboard!

 

Mission statement

The Mission of the Colorado Model Railroad Museum is to promote model railroading, its history, and to create a family friendly attraction in the greater Greeley and Northern Colorado region through education and tourism.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the size of the layout?

  • 60 x 96 feet approx. 5,500 square feet.

How long is the the mainline?

  • 1,353 feet or 20.5 scale miles

How long does it take to run a train over the length of the mainline?

  • Running at a scale of 20 mph, it takes over one hour - assuming no meets with opposing trains!

How long are the trains?

  • Trains vary, but most are 45 to 50 cars and a few are over 80 cars. A 50-car train with five locomotives is approximately 35 feet long, or more than one-half scale mile!

How many freight cars are on the layout?

  • There are over 2,500 cars on the layout!

How long did the layout take to build?

  • Five and one-half years with over 30,000 hours of volunteer labor.