Explore More of the Museum
Trains In Literature
January – June 2016
Trains have been featured in literature since their invention in the early 19th century. The sense of adventure and mystery they can bring to a story make them a perfect setting for an engaging tale. Using the museum’s rich library collection and some special treasures from our friends, this exhibit explores the impact these stories have had in both children’s and adult literature.
Black on Track
February – March 2016
Following the Civil War, many African Americans found work with the railroads. Using objects from the permanent collection, this exhibit explores the resulting impact on America such as the evolution of middle class neighborhoods like Denver’s Five Points and the Civil Rights Movement.
Trains in Politics: Getting Out the Vote
July – November 2016
Trains have participated in political elections since the early 19th century. Here in Colorado we have seen a number of Presidential candidates making “whistle stops” to sell their candidacy for office. Join us this election year as we revisit the part train travel played in electing those who would hold office.
Voltaw Model Trains
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.
Eating on the Rails: A Look at Dining on Railroads
April 2016 – July 2017
Food and eating has been an essential part of the train experience since trains first started transporting people. Join the Colorado Railroad Museum as we explore the impact of Butcher Boys, Pullman cars, Fred Harvey and Dining cars on American culture.
Colorado Trains in Building Blocks
May – September 2016
Building block toys like LEGO building bricks spark the imagination.
Some amazing creations focusing on trains, depots and rails will be on display this summer!
Opening August 2017.
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.