Railroad roundhouses were the garages and workshops for locomotives and cars. The Cornelius W. Hauck Roundhouse at the Colorado Railroad Museum was completed in 2000 and is named after one of the Museum’s founders.
The building’s brick design was chosen to reflect a fairly prosperous railroad in a small division point during the late nineteenth century. It has five stalls and houses tools and equipment needed to restore and repair rolling stock.
Our visitors’ gallery allows our guests to observe restoration work safely and is open during Museum hours.
The five stalls in the Roundhouse each provide special features for restoration. No. 1 has an inspection pit for undercarriage access, No. 2 has narrow gauge rails, No. 3 includes a machine shop, No. 4 has dual-gauge rails and a wood shop and No. 5 has a pit.
You can read the most current restoration updates by selecting each stall at the left.
The Roundhouse area also includes a fascinating display of locomotives and cars on the roundhouse ”radial” tracks, as well as a fully functioning 90-foot, “Armstrong” turntable.
Restoration Volunteers Needed
Roundhouse workers must have many skills to keep equipment in working order. Volunteer machinists, pipe fitters, carpenters, electricians, painters and upholsterers contribute more than 1,200 hours a month restoring and maintaining rolling stock at the Museum.
If you would like to be part of the volunteer team who help the Museum restore and maintain equipment and artifacts from Colorado rail history, we’d love to talk with you.
You may want to personally stop by and check out what’s happening in the Roundhouse and find out where your talents might be best used.