Depot Museum

The main Museum building, completed in 1959, resembles an 1880-era small town railroad depot. Typical architectural features include wide eaves to protect waiting passengers from weather, and large bay windows so the station agent can observe activity on the boarding platforms. The yellow and brown paint reflects standard building colors for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.

The Depot Museum houses the museum’s two changing gallery spaces featuring the colorful stories of the railroads serving Colorado for over 125 years. Guests can view introductory videos to the museum in the museum’s upper gallery and enjoy hands-on activities downstairs in the museum’s lower gallery.

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Just Dishy! Railroad China from the Collections of the Colorado Railroad Museum and Rich Luckin Collection
November 3, 2017 – March 2, 2018
Dining cars in the golden age of rail presented passengers with the opportunity for fine dining. An integral part of that experience was the china used to serve their meals. This small exhibit explores the rich variety of patterns including Columbine, California Poppy, Prospector and Blue Adam that railroads used to create an elegant dining experience for their passengers.

It’s All About the Hat!
January 27 – June , 2018
Railroad workers have worn a variety of hats since the first track was laid. Rail workers use hats for shade from the sun. We use rail workers’ hats to help us identify them and the work they do. This small case exhibit shows off some special hats from the museum’s permanent collection.

Locomotive 20 Comes Home
March 17 – October 26, 2018
Originally built in 1899 by the Schenectady Locomotive Works, No. 20 was donated to the Museum in 2006. It has been undergoing restoration in Strasburg, Pennsylvania for a number of years in order to return it to active service. This small exhibit celebrates the locomotive’s return by sharing its story and restoration.

Rail Pets
August 4, 2018 – October 28, 2018
A surprising number of dogs have lived on, rode or befriended rail workers. Annie of the Colorado & Southern Railroad, Broomfield Depot’s Brownie and of course Owney the mail dog who visited Manitou Colorado. This small exhibit explores their stories.

Voltaw Model Trains
Available Year-Round
Herbert W. Voltaw built a series of 1-inch locomotive and train car models in the 1940s, 50s and 60s using aluminum, steel bar, soft and hard woods, plastic, glass, etc. The Museum displays a number of these intricate works of art in their depot galleries.

T is for Trains: Everything Trains from A to Z
September 1, 2017 – Summer 2018
Colorado Railroad Museum launches its latest exhibit with a whimsical twist – the alphabet! Not only does this allow our railroad fans to see some of the more unique objects in the museum’s permanent collection, it also presents a variety of learning experiences for young families working on their letters.

Westward in the Age of Rail
September 3, 2018 – August 11, 2019
With the coming of rails to the West in the 1870s, westward expansion took on a decidedly ironhorse look.  While some still ventured westward on covered wagons, railroads not only made the trip faster, but could transport as many or as few of your belongings as you wished plus – they could sell you the land on which to settle. This exhibit uses objects and archival materials to explore what it took to come west in the age of rail.

Children’s Interactive Play Space
Available Year-Round
Come check out our new hands on toddler zone downstairs in the depot. Complete with reading area, dress up wardrobe, building blocks and more.

Telegrapher’s Office

This diorama shows a typical telegraph office that could be found at a train depot in the early 20th century. It comes with a working “sounder” encouraging visitors to decode and send messages coming over the wire.

Denver HO Model Railroad Club

Located in the lower level of the main building, the Denver HO Model Railroad Club is one of the oldest and largest model railroad clubs in the Rocky Mountain region. The layout replicates the various types of Colorado mountain railroading in HO and HOn3.

HO scale is a model train that is 1/87th of the real size of standard gauge trains and track. HOn3 is the same scale, but designed for narrow gauge trains and track.

Members of the Denver HO Model Railway Club will operate the model train layout on most Tuesdays 1:00 to 4:00PM. For more information, visit DenverHOModelRRClub.org.

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