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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Depot Museum Railyard Roundhouse Library

Buffalo Bill: Trains and the Wild West

January 7 – October 28, 2017
Explore Buffalo Bill’s ties to the railroad using objects and paper ephemera that tell the story of an adventurer and his show that helped define the American West.

Burnham Shops: An End of an Era

April 14 – October 28, 2017
After more than a century servicing trains, the Burnham Shops closed on February 14, 2016. The shop encompassed a foundry, blacksmith, and upholstery shop and could build cars from the ground up. This small exhibit explores its story through photographs, archival material and more.

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.

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.

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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Depot Museum Railyard Roundhouse Library